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After years of cleanup and a few unexpected complications, the former United Energy refinery site in Troy is nearly ready for new ownership. However, the Spencer County Commissioners are waiting for a few more things to fall into place before sending this piece of land to the auctioneer’s block. Since its acquisition of the property, Spencer County has undertaken an effort overseen by the Environmental Protection Agency to remove underground tanks and potential contaminants from the area.

These efforts have paid off, and the EPA cleared the site for anything but residential use. However, Commissioner Al Logsdon reported that final release from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management has not yet been received, though he expects it in the very near future. Board attorney Jeff Lindsey reported another minor detail for the commissioners to consider before moving soliciting bids for auctioneers. As it happens, the site is not entirely zoned for industrial use, with some parcels reserved for agriculture. He advised the commissioners seek to have the site rezoned all to industrial before moving to sell, so the property can be advertised uniformly. The board approved to seek this rezoning, and once IDEM grants its final approval, the commissioners plan to seek bids for auctioneers to sell the property.


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