The Henry County Board is set to vote tonight to Tag the Kewanee Boiler Property in a Henry County Tax Sale. The Tag would be additional language on the sale bill indicating that there are areas on the property that may require remediation. This may be in reference to the open well on the property which may or may not contain subsurface contamination but it could also refer to other areas on the property. Information like this is generally included in tax sales of property though in this case, a potential buyer of the property must also sign a document with the Environmental Protection Agency acknowledging needed remediation and committing to remediate the property. Essentially, the owner must commit to cleaning up the contaminated areas of the property
This inclusion on the Henry County Board Agenda tonight coincides with the Boiler Property being sold in a sealed bid auction. That auction will be overseen by the Henry County Trustee. Asked his thoughts about the ongoing saga of the Kewanee Boiler Property, Kewanee City Manager Gary Bradley stated:
“The City remains interested in working with the county as well as state and federal agencies and whoever the next owner might be to both protect the health of our community and return the property to a productive and viable use.”
The Henry County Trustee is a law firm in Edwardsville, Illinois, Joseph E. Meyers and Associates. They are overseeing the auction of the property. Does this mean that the County owns the property? N0, according to Henry County Administrator Erin Knackstedt, who spoke with WKEI about the property earlier this year. Per the Henry County Administrator, the County will not take ownership of the property unless it goes unsold in the sealed bid auction. That sealed bid auction is going on now and you can go to the Henry County Treasurer’s office for more information. The sealed bid auction will be completed on October 21st.