ASHLAND — The Ashland land bank will have a new procedures book ready in November, according to manager Bill Harvey.
The board concluded its process of amending and editing the organization’s policies and procedures, a project that started in July after an Ashland Source review of the organization found some discrepancies.
Harvey said he will organize a new policies and procedures book and present a copy of it to all board members in November.
The board met on Oct. 24 to discuss a number of other matters, including:
— Accepted the resignation of former board member Bill Stepp, who reportedly stepped down because of a busy schedule and not being able to attend monthly meetings.
To replace Stepp, the board appointed Tiffany Meyer, a real estate agent with Howard Hanna. Misty Miller, the executive officer of the Ashland Board of Realtors, recommended her appointment.
— Agreed to paying $6,000 in back taxes for 223 West Fourth St., an amount Harvey said the property owners are unable to pay.
The house was recently ordered by the city to be demolished because of it being an unsafe structure. Putting the property through foreclosure and auctions through the auditor and sheriff’s office is a long process, Harvey said.
“That is our objective,” he said, referring to the land bank. “Getting properties back on the tax rolls, safety, getting rid of blight.”
Once the sales and property taxes are paid, the land bank becomes the owner of the property. The next step is to offer it up for auction. If it doesn’t sell, the neighbors get dibs on buying it as a side lot, Harvey said.
— The land bank also discussed doing the same thing at 147 Maple St., whose owners owe $4,390 in taxes. Miller said the owners have said they would be willing to give the house to the land bank if it agreed to paying the back taxes.
Before that’s done, however, the land bank board decided to pay for a title search in order to determine if there were other liens on the property.