The Jasper City Council on a 6-0 vote Wednesday night approved a resolution recommending that the Jasper Redevelopment Commission sell 10 acres of the former Jasper Country Club to the Greater Jasper Consolidated School Corporation now.
Earlier the JRC, approved giving the school corporation a 10-year option to purchase the land. The 10 acres the school corporation has expressed an interest in adjoins the east boundary of the Jasper High School campus.
The resolution to sell the land outright now was made by councilman Randy Buchta (pictured). The resolution was approved after a lengthy discussion by the council members in attendance. Ray Howard (R-At Large) was not present due to illness.
Buchta and other members of the city council also asked why it was the redevelopment commission making the decisions about the land and not the council? Buchta tells NewsNow Dubois County he and other council members feel it should be elected officials and not appointed ones making the final decisions on land acquisitions on behalf of the taxpayers.
City attorney Renee Kabrick told Buchta and the other council members that state law allows the commission to buy, sell and lease land in its control.
Buchta says selling the land now will make decisions easier later as to how to develop the remaining 50 acres of the former golf course as a city park.