Woman refuses to sell land for hog farm

By Ashley Bunton - [email protected]

A Sabina woman who says her farm is being sold to be used for a hog facility says she is refusing to sign the closing papers on the sale.

“We have 19.687 acres. My husband and I are going through a divorce, we couldn’t agree, and the magistrate at the courthouse ordered my farm up for public sale. I have no restrictions in the deed,” said Michelle Osborn, who owned the 19.687 acres with her husband, Ed, at 2816 Burristown Road in Sabina. The Clinton County farm was auctioned Sept. 28.

Osborn said she learned that the people who bought the farm are planning to turn it into a hog facility.

“The neighbor said a hog farm is going in on my property. They had the sale, I have refused to sign the paper on my end. My husband has refused to sign it, also. Closing was supposed to be before or on the 28th of October,” said Osborn.

She said she contacted her attorney last Wednesday.

“I told him what I had heard and I told him, ‘I do not want a hog farm going in on my property.’ I contacted Gary Kersey, the auctioneer, and I told him the same thing. I told him I didn’t want a hog farm going in on my property. My mother’s house is approximately 66 feet from the farm (where the hog facility would be built),” said Osborn, who lives in the home with her 89-year-old mother.

“I found out that the radius, the two-and-a-half mile radius, contaminates the drinking water. I found out you’re three times more likely to get a disease. A doctor called and told me that you’re three times more likely to contract a disease that there is no cure for by having that farm this close to us,” said Osborn, who said she has her attorney working on the situation.

“Dal Craig-Crawford and Jerry Crawford, and Linda and Roger LeBeau, I know of them from the papers, and I want to know if they’re doing anything to stop the hog farm going in by them on Jones Road. I read they think it’s going to have a negative affect on their daughter’s health. I don’t know how to get ahold of them, but I would like to talk to them,” said Osborn.

Osborn said the 19.687 acres of land that she and her husband had to auction off on Burristown Road in Sabina was bought by John Surber.

“John Surber is the owner, but he sends his financial man around to the sales, and see, I didn’t even know that man or what he was even up to, and his name is Chris Van Meter. I was there at the sale, and then I went into town, to Premier Solutions, and this Chris Van Meter works in there,” said Osborn.

According to his LinkedIn profile, Chris Van Meter is the chief financial officer at Premier Solutions in Sabina.

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By Ashley Bunton

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Reach Ashley at the Record-Herald (740) 313-0355 or on Twitter @ashbunton

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