WALKER -- Cass County sold nine former county leased lakeshore lots at and above appraised value Oct. 20 in a public auction.
Most sold to former lease holders. The rest went to other lease holders on the same lake, Long Lake.
Some of the lease holders earlier contended the county's appraisals were high, but three properties that sold to Long Lake property owners other than the existing lease holder actually sold above appraised value.
A next door neighbor paid $61,000 for land and personal property on one lot that had been appraised at $46,000 land value, plus $1,000 for the personal property.
In another case, a neighbor who had leased property across the lake bought the land of one lot at appraised value and paid the lease holder another $14,900 for the cabin on it.
In a third case, the county appraised the land at $80,000, but a Long Lake property lessee, not the current lessee, paid $135,800 for the land and paid the former lease holder $29,200 for the cabin on it.
Chief Deputy Auditor Larry Wolfe told the county board Tuesday the $496,100 the county received on this land sale will be distributed the same as timber sale receipts.
County reforestation will receive 25 percent and trails programs 5 percent, 28 percent goes to the county, 28 percent to school districts serving the area where the sale took place and 14 percent to overlapping townships.
The county also had offered for sale a tax forfeited acreage and hunting cabin. That did not sell at public auction, but now will be offered as an over-the-counter county auditor's sale.
Wolfe said he expects that parcel and cabin to sell before deer hunting season.
The county failed to receive bids for selling the county public health portion of the Walker Clinic building.
The county board capital improvements committee will review this issue and make a recommendation to the board at a future meeting.
Commissioners hoped to sell the county owned section of the Walker Clinic building to offset construction costs for the addition to county human services building. Public health services will move into the new addition next month.
Potential buyers for the old health services building will be limited, because occupants must provide some form of health-care related service.
After the third request for a public hearing postponement on a county land exchange with Bill Hansen Sr., the board voted to charge Hansen for public hearing costs for postponements he requested. No new hearing will be set until he pays the bill and he agrees to attend on the date set.
The board believes one delay may have been requested by the county land department. Hansen will not be charged for any hearing a county official delayed. Charges will be for county advertising costs for each public hearing Hansen requested delayed.
The board approved transferring an easement into a property sold by Dale Hardy in Pine River township to Jerry Fuhrer. The easement gives road access to the property.
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