Moody County will sell an abandoned Egan property to a Trent couple who wants to build a four-unit apartment building.
The property, which the county was unable to collect taxes on for a number of years, will be sold to Larry and Kathy Baty, for $601.01 through a sealed bid process. The county received two bids, including one for $511 from Steve and Mary Witte. The Batys have indicated to the county their interest in providing multi-family housing in Egan.
As part of the sale, the Batys will have to remove the existing mobile home, which has been condemned. The county, in the meantime, will mow the grass because it has gotten tall.
The county and town of Egan have removed all taxes and fees associated with the property. The county attempted to sell the property once before but there was a lack of interest because unpaid fees were attached to it.
After the cost of advertising the property for sale is subtracted, the county will disperse the remainder of the money from the sale under the county’s levy formula.
In other business,
Marty Skroch, assistant to the commission, said one contractor said the work could be completed yet this summer for about $20,000. The commission asked Skroch to check that price with at least one other contractor and bring information to the next meeting. The county does not have to bid the project.
“We need to update the building,” Commissioner Carla Bruning said. Commission Chairman Jerry Doyle agreed and said work needed to be done whether Head Start was going to use the building. The program will pay the county $800 a month in rent.
The board also approved a variance for Curt Nelson to plant lilac trees as a shelterbelt closer to the road at his home at 470th Avenue and 225th Street. Nelson said he plans on taking out some dogwoods and opening up his yard to make it a larger area for his children to play.
After several steps, a provisional budget is scheduled to be adopted in September.
EMT Taylor White was made a full-time employee instead of a temporary full-time employee, which had been his previous status. Dave Flatten was hired as a dispatcher for 911 services at $14.37 an hour.