In early April, a divided Ashland County Board of Commissioners approved the purchase of the approximately 44,000-square-foot building at 400 Orange St. for $146,000 from the Ashland County Land  Reutilization Corporation (Land Bank).

ASHLAND -- The county's intended purchase of the former Pump House Ministries office building is briefly delayed. 

On Thursday, the Ashland County Commissioners approved a 45 day closing extension with the Ashland County Reutilization Corporation (Land Bank) for the former Pump House building, located at 400 Orange Street.  

There was a new lien discovered on the deed with a recent title search, which must be resolved before the county takes ownership of the property, according to Commissioner Denny Bittle. 

"They didn't find the first time through when the Land Bank bought it... and land bank has to present us with a clear deed," he said. "It's a little bit of a legal quagmire to get those released, so the attorneys are going through the  court systems to get those released so we can have a clean title."

Once cleared up, the commissioners intend to continue with the purchase of the approximately 44,000-square-foot building for $146,000.

The purchase was approved in early April by commissioners Michael Welch and Denny Bittle. Commissioner Jim Justice did not support the purchase, citing inappropriate timing and 10 percent cuts the commissioners were asking for from the county departments.

The Commissioners also approved a resolution placing a 3 year, 2.1 mill levy renewal on the upcoming ballot for the Dale-Roy School. 

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