Monday, October 20, 2014

City deeds forgotten park area to couple

By The Herald Staff | 10/4/2013

A landlocked parcel the city abandoned years ago has been transferred to a rural Ottawa couple who have served as stewards of the land for several decades.

Ottawa city commissioners voted 5-0 Wednesday night to approve a quit-claim deed, transferring three acres that once was a part of the long-abandoned Mears Park to rural Ottawa residents Jay and Ruth DeGroot. The former park is located about three miles east of Ottawa on East Seventh Street, near the Marais des Cygnes River.

A landlocked parcel the city abandoned years ago has been transferred to a rural Ottawa couple who have served as stewards of the land for several decades.

Ottawa city commissioners voted 5-0 Wednesday night to approve a quit-claim deed, transferring three acres that once was a part of the long-abandoned Mears Park to rural Ottawa residents Jay and Ruth DeGroot. The former park is located about three miles east of Ottawa on East Seventh Street, near the Marais des Cygnes River.

Bob Bezek, city attorney, said the three acres is surrounded by the DeGroot family’s land, and that the DeGroots have been taking care of the property for more than three decades.

The park once served as an Ottawa Kiwanis Club campground, according to Herald archives from the late 1950s and early 1960s. The city transferred most of the park to private party ownership sometime in the late 1980s, according to the minutes from an Ottawa City Commission meeting in January 2006.

Approving the quick-claim deed remedies a property transfer oversight that should have been completed years ago, Bezek said.

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