Town officials are unloading a small piece of land in Pennsylvania given to the Tolland Public Library Foundation after dismissing it as nothing more than a liability risk.
The Town Council on Tuesday authorized Chairman Jack Scavone to sign a quit claim deed with WPX Energy, a Tulsa-based company specializing in natural gas, natural gas liquids and oil.
The land measures a "fraction of an acre," and is worth less than $1,000, Town Manager Steven Werbner said.
Werbner said the Tolland Public Library Foundation Board of Directors was originally approached by WPX Energy in November 2011 and offered a lease on the mineral rights to the land in Pennsylvania, presuming the foundation owned the rights. The foundation's board of directors recommended that the Town Council not sign the lease, citing environmental and liability concerns, among others.
Werbner said that in December 2012, WPX Energy again approached the TPLF board and offered a warrantee deed to sell the property. The TPLF board voted to recommend that the Town Council not sign the deed, citing ownership issues inherent in a warrantee deed and other issues.
The TPLF board was approached again in August by WPX Energy and offered a quit claim deed to sell the property for $837, Werbner said. After consulting with Attorney Rick Conti at a meeting in Septmeber, the library foundation board voted to recommend that the Town Council sign the quit claim deed with WPX Energy.
"We feel that is the best course of action to eliminate any future exposure for the town and the foundation that activity on this site may bring in the future," Werbner said. "We have been advised that no activity has taken place on the site to date."
The money is going to the library foundation, Werbner said.