Jefferson Township Conservation Club auctions off belongings

CARROLL COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) – Sixty years of memories were up for auction Saturday at the Jefferson Township Conservation Club.

“There was an old set of rules from 1971 that was pasted on a board,” Treasurer Mark Colburn said. “I saw [a member] buy that just for a nostalgic effect.”

The auction happened six days before the club’s lease with NIPSCO ends.

As News 18 previously reported, NIPSCO decided not to renew its lease with the conservation club so the land could be open to the entire public.

For some who have spent their lives with the club, like Colburn, it is a harsh reality to face.

“There were some people who didn’t come because they couldn’t afford it mentally to be here,” Colburn said.

Colburn said some money raised at the auction will help fund a member who will still look after the Carroll County land, and run the club’s website. The rest will go to charities the club has helped over the years.

“[We donate to] stuff like food banks, we donate to the local 4-H clubs and shooting sports,” Colburn said.

When asked what he thought about the lease ending with NIPSCO, Colburn said he does not have much to say about it right now.

“There is still a lot in the wind,” Colburn stated.

In a previous interview with News 18, a NIPSCO official said nothing on the land is going to be altered or improved. However, club members will keep an eye on things to see what exactly happens.

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