Monroe Community Park may become about 2.5 acres larger after the city agreed to purchase the property where the former Monroe Swim Club was located.
Last month, Monroe City Council became aware that the property was slated to go to an upcoming Sheriff’s Sale because of delinquent property taxes totalling about $10,000 and $11,000 in unpaid assessments by the city for past utility bills.
The property has not been used as a swim club since the 2016 season and has fallen into disrepair.
City Manager Bill Brock told council at its special meeting on July 2 that the pool was not worth repairing and the intent is to demolish everything, improve the entrance to Old Street, and use this property to expand the park. City Council approved the purchase to pay the outstanding taxes and fees to Butler County.
Brock told council that the $11,000 in assessments could be waived, but to get transfer the property, the city would pay the amount due so that everything was clear.
City officials have discussed acquiring the property in the past and using it to expand the park.
The Butler County Treasurer’s Office filed a foreclosure complaint on Sept. 21, 2018 against the property and sought summary judgment on the case on Jan. 15, 2019, according to Butler County Common Pleas Court records. The judgment on the foreclosure was approved on Feb. 26 and the property went to Sheriff’s Sale on June 6. HD Properties LLC of Mason purchased it for $25,300, which was the minimum bid, according to court records.
However, since the city paid the back taxes, assessments and other fees on July 3, the county treasurer’s office filed motions to vacate the sheriff’s sale, release the $2,530 deposit back to HD Properties and to vacate the judgment and dismiss the foreclosure case, according to court records.
“We are working on the transfer of the property to the city from the county,” Brock said. “We have begun assessing the property to determine how to secure in and have begun putting together estimates for demolition of the pool.”
He said the city Park Board will be advised of the property transfer and recommendations will be sought for its future use, if it is to be considered for park use.
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