County returns land to road commission, rejects lease

OSCEOLA COUNTY — Osceola County Commissioners returned a two-acre parcel of land to the Osceola County Road Commission, forgoing the chance to accept an oil and gas lease from Fuller Land Services at the Feb. 18 meeting.

During the Feb. 4 meeting, Mark Fuller of Fuller Land Services addressed the commissioners about the lease, saying he wanted to use the 2-acre plot for $100 per acre for five years. The commissioners tabled the action, wanting additional information on the property before making a decision.

After research was complete, Commission Chair Larry Emig said the road commission gave the county the property years ago to use for building opportunities. When notified of the leasing opportunity from Fuller by the commissioners, the road commissioners discussed the matter and decided to ask for the land back.

In a unanimous vote, commissioners approved a motion to return the land to the road commission.

In more business, an update was provided concerning efforts to create an Emergency Medical Services building in the northwest quadrant. Members of the engineering firm Landmark Design Group, out of Grand Rapids, has inspected a number of building sites members of the EMS Enhancement Northwest Quadrant Ad Hoc Committee have deemed as possible EMS station sites.

The firm is expected to make a report on its findings at the March 18 meeting, Emig added.

In other business, Commission on Aging Executive Director Scott Schryer presented a sample of a new survey that will be featured on the county website and also placed within the COA's newsletter. The survey is meant for planning purposes and asks questions regarding community knowledge about what the COA offers, what services could be added, volunteer interest, information about the County Senior Millage that is up for vote in August and more.

Schryer said he was hoping to accomplish two things with the survey.

"The first is to bring awareness of the agency, and the second is to gain information for long term planning," he said. "We are looking to hear what the county’s voters would like to see from Commission on Aging."

To take the survey, visit