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TODAY IS Wednesday September 26th
Candidate Asks LaGrnage Commissioners to Sell Land Back
Tuesday Mar 06, 2018 9:58am
LaGrange, IN

By: Tim Murray

The LaGrange County Commissioners will revisit their decision not to sell property the county purchased years ago.

They initially decided against selling the property which is along County Road 225 East just north of Ontario.

But Print Booth renewed his request in person during this (Monday) morning’s meeting.

"I was asking for the return of the purchase of land from our farm property and I got a letter stating that I had to put in a $500 request and ask for permission to put in a driveway and all kinds of crap. Well that's not what I asked for. I asked for the repurchase of the land that was purchased from my father a number of years ago. The land was never used in the way the county had interpreted it to be used."

Booth said the land is currently under water.

"It doesn't really amount to much of anything. But I would just like to see it back in our farm property. And the fee for that, according to Rex, was given from federal grant money. Well I'll tell you right now, one of the commissioners reached in his wallet and handed my dad a dollar bill and bought the property. That's how it was done. I stood right there and watched it."

Commissioners told Booth they will revisit the issue with the county highway and surveyor departments.

Booth is a candidate for north district LaGrange County Commissioner in the May primary.

The commissioners authorized Highway Superintendent Randy VanWagner to purchase two new trucks from Stoop’s Freightliner for $108,707 each. W-A Jones of Columbia City will provide the hydraulic equipment, truck bed and underbody for an additional $83,972 apiece.

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