Village gains 37 acres of land near Sports Complex

St. Joseph has 37 more acres of land.

At the last village board meeting of the year, on Dec. 27, the board voted to purchase 37 acres of land from Ralph and Beatrice Woodard.

The land is located east of the current St. Joseph Sports Complex located along Rt. 150.

“We were in the right position at the right time,” Mayor B.J Hackler.

The Woodards participated in a land swap with the Ehman family.  The Ehmans have approached the village about farming the land until it is developed. They will pay the village $200 per acre to farm the land.

The Woodards are asking the village to pay for half of the acres and are donating the rest of the land to the village.
The cost to the village is $166,500.

“For our community to have a 75 acre sports complex is pretty neat,” said Hackler.

The funding for the purchase is coming from the general corporation fund.

The money for the development of the land will come from the park fund.

The village is not sure what the land will be used for and wants community input on the project.
“It’s a great opportunity for people in the village to explore what they want in a park,” Hackler said.
 The park will be named Community Sports Complex Woodard Park. Hackler said other community members can donate land or funds for community parks.

“If we have other people who want to donate to the park we have three ball diamonds and a football field that we could name,” he said. “People have asked me how to donate.”

Already planned expansion of the park is ongoing with Phase II of the project will start in the spring with a large baseball diamond and a high school sized soccer field.


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