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Supervisors take steps to get land back on tax roll

Friday, November 26, 2010

The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors took another step on Tuesday to get some County-owned land back on the County tax rolls.

For the past year, the Board has been looking into leasing or selling a handful of small pieces of property. One of the pieces is some 27 acres that was once used as a gravel pit south of C-44 in Pilot Township.

That property will be going back to the original owner, the late Bill Robinson, in accordance to the original contract made with Robinson back in the 1970's that states that when the County is finished with the gravel pit that it would be passed back to Robinson.

One other piece discussed in Tuesday was a three-acre section located west of Cleghorn along Hwy. 3.

On that piece, the Board is planning on having it surveyed and make an appropriate public notice with a legal description and the tract would then go to the highest bidder.

That was the suggestion of Cherokee County Attorney Ryan Kolpin, who addressed the Board on Tuesday.

The Board also asked Cherokee County Engineer Dave Shanahan and Secondary Roads Superintendent Larry Walker, who were both present Tuesday, if the Secondary Roads would be interested in that piece of property. Shanahan and Walker declined, stating that they could not see the need at this time for the land.

In March of this year, the Board held a public hearing and accepted open bids for lease of 36.41 acres of County- owned property in Spring Township Section 20, located next to the Larrabee gravel pit near C-16. At that time Doug Stowater won that bid and signed a one-year lease.

The Board suggested that when the property goes up for bid again that the lease term be extended to a three to four-year lease as opposed to a one-year lease.

In other business Shanahan stated that the L-56 River Road Bridge will not be open for the Thanksgiving weekend but should be completed sometime next week.

The Board also approved a 2011/2012-budget letter to County Departments informing them of an estimated 65 increase in wages for non-union contract employees.

Also, the Board approved Chairman Jeff Simonsen to sign the Local Hazard Mitigation Plan contract that would match time for services provided by Cherokee County Emergency Management Director Ben Shuberg.

The Board also approved sending County Weed Commissioner Tom Jenness to a Dec. 31 Commercial Pesticide Applicators class for his annual update training.

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