Hope to accept sealed bids for waterfront parcel
Hope — The Hope Board of Selectmen will accept sealed bids for a tax acquired property on Lermond Pond. The minimum bid is $7,500 and interested buyers are asked to submit sealed bids at the regularly scheduled meeting of the board of selectmen on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 6:30 p.m.
Town Administrator Jon Duke said the bids should contain a deposit equivalent to 10 percent of the bid price and a written explanation of what they intend to do with the property if purchased. Those who submit bids that are not accepted will have deposits refunded in full, Duke said. Bid checks should be made out to the town of Hope, Duke added.
Duke said he is interested in hearing what potential owners plan to do with the land if purchased.
"As a seller you always have some responsibility," he said.
Duke said the landlocked, half-acre parcel is located near Quarter Horse Drive in Hope. The property has water frontage on Lermond Pond. Duke said there is no existing right-of-way access to the property other than through abutting private property. Duke said the parcel could be used for a purpose that allows it be accessed from the water or even across the frozen pond during winter months. The land is sold by the town of Hope as is, Duke said.
He said the minimum bid of $7,500 was set to assist the town in recouping money lost to unpaid taxes on the parcel.
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