Land bids are competitive for county-owned property

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By Sandy Bond

Walworth County Commissioners approved the following bids for leases for county owned real estate after some very competitive bidding at their Tuesday, Feb. 4, meeting. With Commissioner Harold Forbes serving as auctioneer the following were awarded:• 37 acres, more or less, situated and being in the southeast quarter of Section 5, in Township 124, Range 76 (minimum rent $310). The successful bidder was Rory Thorstenson at $310. Last year’s successful bid was Rory Thorstenson at $310. 

• 73.2 acres, more or less, situated and being in the east half of the northeast quarter of Section 8 in Township 124, Range 76 (minimum rent $1,850). The successful bidder was Carl Moser at $3,800. Last year’s successful bidder was Carl Moser for $1,850.

• 80 acres, more or less, situated and being in the west half of the northeast quarter of Section 8 in Township 124, Range 76 (minimum rent $600). The successful bidder was Harley Moser at $1,400. Last year successful bid was Harley Moser for $800.

• 111.3 acres, more or less, situated and being in the southeast quarter of Section 5 in Township 124, Range 76 (minimal rental $1,150). The successful bidder was Brian Brockel at $5,200. Last year’s successful bid was Brian Brockel at $4,500.

• 47 acres (more or less) located adjacent to the county landfill. The successful bidder was John Keller at $250. Minimum bid was $200. Last year’s successful bid was John Keller.

Iron Planet of Lennox, S.D., was the successful bidder for the sale of the 2006 Caterpillar 140H Motor Grader declared surplus at $150,000.

No final decision was made for abatement of taxes after a lengthy and, by some accounts, complex discussion, on an application for abatement by Amber LaFramboise of Mobridge in regard to an information error of the family’s 2010 taxes regarding the deadline for filing owner/occupied status.

In other business, commissioners:

• Approved Ordinance WC 2012-01, an ordinance to change the boundaries of commissioners’ districts as per SDCL 7-8-10.

• Regretfully accepted the resignation of Arlyn Hintz, landfill foreman due to his retirement. Commissioners also authorized advertising for a landfill operator.

• Awarded Jensen Rock and Sand of Mobridge Project P 6386(04), PCN 02J7 at $512,673.10.

• Authorized advertising the highway department to advertise for road oil with bids to be opened on March 6, at 10 a.m.

• Heard Dennis Anderson discuss the county multi-hazard pre-disaster mitigation plan. Anderson presented the first draft of the plan explaining that input from commissioners, all community leaders and the public at large is sought for the final draft of the plan. A plan will allow the county to be proactive in regard to a number of potential emergencies including biological, geologic, weather and technological hazards, and flooding. The plan is available for public viewing at the auditor’s office at the courthouse. There are fewer federal grants available to help communities and counties minimize their risks and vulnerabilities, and thus there is intense competition for those grants, Anderson explained, Anderson thanked Auditor Gwenn Ackerman for all her work in helping prepare the booklet.

• Authorized the salary for part-time jailer Ted Fork at $11.30 per hour after a presentation by jail administrator Josh Boll.

• Authorized the purchase of a light bar and other equipment necessary to retrofit the new police vehicle at a cost of approximately $2,500.

• Heard Boll explain that CPR classes and classes for the administration of certain medications will be given by EMT Chuck Hanson. These classes will qualify for either jailer certification or re-certification and will cost $25 per individual.

– Sandy Bond –

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