(Atlantic) The Atlantic City Council is selling a parcel of land just east of the old Delong Building and Schildberg Recreation Area.
The Atlantic City Council tabled the sale of part of that land located northwest of the intersection of Olive Street and Commerce Street last month because, one of those parcels was originally part of several city owned parcels of land rented to John McCurdy for the high bid of $300.00 per acre. However, the council pulled that piece out during the same meeting after Dave Chase, representing the Nishna Valley Trails informed the Council that he had been in discussions with Ted Wickman about getting a trail easement that would connect the Schildberg Rock Quarry east to Olive Street. He pointed out that Mr. Wickman had been farming A 7.6-acre parcel since he gave it to the City in 1986, without a lease or rent being charged. The land was donated to entice De Long’s Sporting Goods to locate in Atlantic. Chase told the council that Mr. Wickman did not submit a bid for the lease of this property, but he would be interested in buying or leasing it. Mr. Chase pointed out that Mr. Wickman willingness to provide a trail easement across his property may be contingent on his being allowed to continue to farm both of these city parcels.
Mayor Dave Jones read a letter from a Harlan law firm representing Ted Wickman and his tenant, Dale Kuehl, bascially stating they were not served notice. The council contends there was never was a lease agreement on this particular piece of farmland.
The Council then voted 5-1, to direct city staff to advertise the sale of 12.93 acres of city owned property. Shawn Shouse voted no stating he didn't want to enter into a legal battle. The rest of the council voted in favor including, Dana Halder, Steve Livengood, Pat Simmons, Kathy Somers, and Kern Miller.
The land will be sold at a public auction. There is no word as to when the sale will be held.
December 8, 2011