County buys land to add to Westport Park

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By Kenny Colston

The Oldham County Fiscal Court has authorized a deal to buy roughly two acres of land from the University of Louisville in Westport.

The land is just east of Westport Park, which sits along the Ohio River in northern Oldham County.

According to its agreement with the university, the county will pay a total of $187,500 by October 2015 for the land. Fiscal Court authorized an initial payment of $62,500 in cash for the transaction and will pay that same amount the next two years until the full amount is paid.

Magistrate Bob Leslie, who chairs the court’s parks committee, said the land was the “undisclosed piece of property” the court had authorized Judge-Executive David Voegele to buy at the previous meeting.

The new acquisition brings the total area the county owns for Westport Park to five acres, Leslie said.

“We will study it and see what’s best environmentally for our area there,” Leslie said about the new parcel of land.

Voegele said the deal with U of L was too good to miss out on, which is why the court wanted to keep the deal quiet until it was completed.

“It’s a nice space that can be an asset to our parks department,” the judge-executive said. “It was something we couldn’t pass on.”

The fiscal court unanimously approved a motion to allow Voegele to sign an agreement for the land at its Nov. 5 meeting.

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