NEW PHILADELPHIA (Tusco TV) - Tuscarawas County’s engineering division will be expanding its New Phila headquarters after purchasing a neighboring property.

County commissioners on Monday permitted Engineer Joe Bachman to close a $30,000 deal to buy the 1.5-acre property at 272 8th Street SW. Bachman says they'll be able to operate efficiently without having someone living right next door to the garage and road maintenance facility. 

"We’re kind of a somewhat noisy and sometimes dusty operation and that’s downwind from us and more than anything else we’ve had to kind of adjust our operations because somebody lives there," he says.

Bachman says the plan is to raze the one-story structure bring the land into the 14-acre facility. 

"Eventually, probably maybe next year, we’ll fence it in and it’ll simply become part of our operations," he says.

Bachman says the owner initiated the sale, taking the county up on its offer to pay a reasonable price for the property.