By BOB SHRALUKA
A side benefit to the new countywide transportation service will be determining the exact amount of land on which the MERIT Center sits.
As part of an inter-local agreement between the City of Decatur and Adams County, the city is selling .7 of an acre of the MERIT Center land to the county for $200,000.
It is on that area, on the northwest corner of the MERIT Center lot, that a garage will be constructed to hold the fleet of vehicles – probably six – used in the transportation service.
The Adams County Council on Aging is heading up the new transportation service which its director, Michelle Lengerich, told city council at its latest meeting that the service is due to start January 2.
In order to determine the exact area of the .7 of an acre, Decatur agreed to pay for a survey of the land. Miller Land Survey of Monroe has agreed to do the survey for $1,500 in order to define the area which the county is purchasing.
Brett Miller (photo) of the survey firm also said he would survey the entire area encompassing the former Northwest School for $2,900.
That area is “pretty convoluted” and includes eight or nine parcels of land, City Attorney Anne Razo said.
“This needs to be cleaned up,” Mayor Dan Rickord said.
So the board supported the $2,900 expenditure and city council, at its later meeting, put the final stamp of approval on the deal.
NEW DOOR: Lengerich was on hand for the council meeting and asked for permission to have a door installed on a room which recently became available and will now be used as part of the transportation service.
The Council on Aging will pay for the project, to which city council readily gave its approval.