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Status of Small Park Under Scrutiny

Ownership of a small neighborhood park at the center of homes and busineses in the Lugbill Addition was a topic at the Archbold Village Council meeting, Monday, May 20.

The park, a green space with some old playground equipment, is bounded by homes on Monumental Street to the north, the alley on the west side of South Defiance Street to the east, Short Buehrer Road to the south and Buehrer Street to the west.

Donna Dettling, village administrator, said the village owns the property, but residents have taken up a collection over the years to keep the land mowed.

A similar green space, behind homes bounded by Schlatter Street to the north, the alley to the east, West Lugbill Road to the south, and N. Buehrer Street to the west, was turned over to a homeowners association, the “Lugbill Addition North Park Association.”

Dexter Krueger, assistant village engineer, said he remembered seeing something about the transfer of the northern park in 1993, but Fulton County auditor records available over the Internet said the property was in the hands of the association on or before Jan. 1, 1990, when county property records were computerized.

Dettling said the village does not maintain insurance on the southern property.

It was pointed out playground equipment like what is on this property was removed from other village parks because it did not meet modern safety standards.

Dettling said she will look further into the history of the southern property, with the possibility of transferring it to a homeowners association.