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March 4, 2014

County deeds property to Alexandria

Four dispatch center pacts approved

ANDERSON — The Alexandria Redevelopment Commission received ownership of nine residential properties from Madison County.

The Madison County Commissioners approved ownership of the properties Tuesday. All of the properties have been listed on the county’s tax sale list for several years.

Warren Brown with the Alexandria Redevelopment Commission said the city intends to demolish several of the buildings that have been damaged by fire or are no longer suitable for habitation.

“We want to return the properties to use and return them to the tax rolls,” Brown said. “Our hope is that someone will build a new house on the property or an adjacent property owner will take ownership.”

Commissioner John Richwine said the county has done several projects with Alexandria on removal of abandoned or damaged properties.

“There has been tremendous progress,” he said.

Richwine said Alexandria originally brought a list containing 60 parcels, but it was reduced until the city could show that improvements to the properties could be made.

The properties include: Three parcels at 1004 S. Harrison St. that will be combined into one parcel and a burned house demolished; a vacant lot with a foundation remaining at 703 S. Harrison St.; and abandoned houses at 701 S. Harrison St., 935 W. Washington St., 607 W. Monroe St., 104 E. Jackson St. and 112 E. Van Buren St.

Dispatch agreements signed

The commissioners approved agreements with Elwood, Alexandria and Richland and Van Buren townships for the consolidation of county dispatch centers into one operation.

County administrator Dan Dykes said the agreement with Van Buren and Richland townships was based on the number of emergency calls. He said the Alexandria and Elwood agreement is based on previous agreements to combine dispatch.

As part of the agreements, Elwood and Alexandria will pay $90,000 each per year for dispatch services, Van Buren Township will pay $18,433 and Richland Township will contribute $28,469.

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