A bid by Logan Reese, of Bryan, was chosen as the winning bid to lease 162 acres of county-owned farmland near the Hillside Country Living facility, north of Bryan.
Reese’s bid of $257 per acre was accepted over 10 other bidders by the Williams County Commissioners on Monday. Reese’s address is listed as the 8000 block of Ohio 15, Bryan.
Commissioners in early October had advertised for sealed bids for the farmland, with a minimum bid of $125 per acre. The 162 acres consist of three parcels: 88 acres directly east of Hillside, which is located at the northeast corner of county roads 16 and I.50; 58 acres northeast of county roads 16 and J; and 16 acres south and west of the Jefferson Township building on County Road 16.
Other bidders included Dan and Trent Gillen, Montpelier; John C. Mulligan Jr., Bryan; Russel Clark, West Unity; Jesse Clark, Montpelier; Maneval Farms, West Unity; Troy D. Altaffer, Montpelier; Kevin Batterson, Bryan; A & J Schaffner & Sons, Inc., West Unity; LS Stuckey, LLC, West Unity; and Stuckey Bros., Archbold.
Terms state the three-year lease commences on Oct. 31, 2019, and runs through Dec. 1, 2022.
Commissioner Lew Hilkert said the parcels were in the state Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), and the county received about $3,000 a year, after taxes, from the CRP. Last month, Hilkert said the CRP recently expired, so commissioners, on behalf of the county, chose not to re-enroll the land into the CRP.
“... We felt we could receive more income by renting it to local farmers ... there’s not that much land for sale (in Williams County),” Hilkert noted.
Commissioners last year had considered selling the land once the CRP expired, but withdrew that proposal.
The leased parcels do not include the Opdycke Park Barn or the parkland adjacent to it, or the land occupied by the Hillside Aeromodelers club.