Wednesday, 04 October 2006 00:24

Jackson Valley Land Sale May Be An Amador County Record

Ione Energy PlantMore sales of land in the Jackson Valley around the proposed Buena Vista Band of Miwok Indians Flying Cloud Casino have been recorded by the Amador County recorder’s office. Some of the buyers have familiar names and the prices continue to escalate. In the last few years several large parcels either adjacent to or near the proposed casino site on Coal Mine Road have changed hands. A 55 acre parcel near the proposed casino site recently sold for 342,000.
PurchasedThe buyer was a Limited Liability Corporation called Coal Mine Properties Inc., the managing partner named Judith Albietz, coincidently the former legal counsel of the Buena Vista Tribe. The property was formerly owned by a company called Genessee Management, a New York Corporation. Genessee Management is affiliated with Thomas Wilmot, Jr. one of the Buena Vista tribe’s major investors for the casino project. Thomas Wilmot Jr. also signed the grant deed granting the property to the Coal Mine Properties LLC. Genessee Management purchased the 55 acre property in 2003 from Greg and Bonnie Zucco. Also, 2 large parcels near the proposed Buena Vista casino site have been purchased by Donna Marie Potts, the former tribal leader of the Buena Vista tribe. Now records obtained by TSPN show that the site of a former Cogeneration plant, Ione Energy, and the approximately 300 acres that it sits on, located across from the Buena Vista Rancheria has been bought by a local group for what could be an Amador County Record price. The plant was purchased, according to county recorded documents, in a trustee’s sale on May 24, 2006 for consideration of 52 million 339 thousand 550 dollars by the Oneto Group of Jackson. The documents were recorded on June 1st of this year.