TWP LEXINGTON. – The municipality will get rid of one of the last remaining traces of the village of Limaville.
Four years ago, voters in the 179-acre town of about 150 people — about half the size of nearby Deer Creek Reservoir — voted to dissolve the community in northeast Stark County. It was absorbed into surrounding Lexington Townshipending almost two centuries of autonomy.
In the process, the town inherited a town hall.
“We just don’t have a use for it,” said township administrator Daniel Moore.
After all, the township already has offices on Gaskill Drive NE. So, earlier this month, the trustees agreed to sell the Limaville site. Sealed bids will be accepted until 3 p.m. on May 10.
The building was built in 1975 as a community center
The 2,640 square foot building includes a quarter acre lot on Wahl Street. Built in 1975, its estimated market value is $131,500, according to the Stark County Auditor’s website.
The hall was built as a multi-purpose community center. Over the years it has been used for everything from funeral roll calls to carnivals to village council meetings.
And for the past decade, it’s been the home of Turning Point Baptist Church. The church rented the hall for its services and took care of the upkeep, Reverend Ron Lanham said.
“Actually, we would have loved to buy it before,” he said.
Turning Point Baptist Church: “Our goal is to stay here. »
The church already owns five adjacent acres. Lanham said it hoped to acquire Old Town Hall through the sealed bidding process. He said big plans to add amenities such as a clubhouse and ball diamond would follow.
“Our goal is to stay here,” Lanham said, adding that the building would be renovated and remodeled.
He envisions sharing the church with the residents.
“I think Limaville will be very happy,” Lanham said.
Trustee James Mathews said the trustees did not want to sell to the church, without first going through the announced sealed offer route. It’s possible, he says, other members of the community might be interested.
“In all honesty, we do,” Mathews said.
After the opening of the bids, it will be up to the three trustees to make a decision.
Other visible reminders of the old village, founded in 1830, still exist. Most notable is a green and white business boundary sign on National Road 183. The township also inherited the other half of a cemetery it operated jointly with the village, as well as a dilapidated park at Church Street and Atwater Avenue NE.
This property, Mathews said, had previously been donated to the village for use as a park. The gift came with a clause that it would revert to the donor if it was no longer used as a park.
The site was returned to the donating heirs in 2020.