Iberia, Johnsville land might return to communities
Inquirer Reporter -
The land on which the former Iberia and Johnsville elementary schools stood will return to the communities, pending the Northmor Board of Education’s approval of the winning auction bids.
About 30 people gathered at the Northmor high school cafeteria for the Saturday morning auction Feb. 18, their low chatter mixing with the shouts from an intermediate boys’ basketball tournament happening in the gym across the hall.
The Johnsville fire department bid $13,000 for the vacant land at 7478 County Road 242, just around the corner from the fire department’s current building. The old school ball fields were not included in the bid, which covered only the roughly 2.75 acres where the school building and parking lot used to be.
“The board gave us the ball fields but we never accepted them because we didn’t know who would get the land,” said Glade Bachelder, a Johnsville FD board member. Now, he said, the fire department wants to accept the ball fields as well, assuming the board approves the department’s bid for the old school land.
The fire department plans to build a new fire station on the old school land within the next 3 years, Bachelder said.
The old Iberia school lot was auctioned off to the Washington Township trustees for $10,000. The 2.5 acres on the corner of County Road 30 and Iberia-Bellville Road were also separate from that school’s ball fields.
The trustees already manage the ball fields and plan to use the land to provide restroom and drinking water facilities for teams using the fields. In the future, the trustees also want to add parking and possibly a picnic area on the old school land, according to trustee Dave Lester.
“We’re definitely pleased that it went to the Washington Township trustees and the Johnsville fire department,” said Northmor superintendent Brent Winand.
The Board of Education will decide whether to accept the winning bids at a special meeting March 15. The board had set no minimum bid before the auction but reserved the right to reject bids.