County properties get 15 bids

The Warren County Commissioners have approved 15 bids for properties from the county’s repository.

Tax Claim Director Phil Gilbert said that the properties sold didn’t sell at the last judicial sale.

With a minimum bid of $250, Gilbert said that 15 bids were placed starting Dec. 1. Commissioner Cindy Morrison asked what generated so much interest and Gilbert said that it might have been people becoming aware of the judicial sale process.

He said he was surprised at the number of bids and surmised that making the information regarding the properties and the various sales available on the county website could have increased interest in the process.

Five of the properties are located in the City of Warren, two each in Limestone Township and Pleasant Township, as well as one each in Elk, Pittsfield, Sheffield and Conewango Townships, and one each in Youngsville and Clarendon boroughs.

The bids will still need to be approved by the Warren County School District as well as the individual municipalities.

During Wednesday’s meeting, the commissioners approved an easement agreement regarding the Sheffield Township property located at 203 Crary Ave.

Chief Clerk Pam Matve said that the Sheffield sewer authority is trying to fix the sewer line is looking for the county, school district and municipality “to sign off on the agreement so they can continue their work.”

One of the properties in the City of Warren — 511-1/2 East St. — was purchased for $250 by the City of Warren Redevelopment Authority for the minimum bid price.

Terry Williams, the city’s director of codes, permits and recreation services, said that the structure will be torn down.

She said it was last occupied in 2010 and has structural, wall and roof, window and door and drainage issues as well as “two accessory structures that are partially collapsed that we will have to demo, too.”

“This will be an in-house demo that DPW (Department of Public Works) will do for us,” Williams added.