Controversial Land Search Continues

Land search still on for property for a new county roads department maintenance facility. The county board committee has two purchase options signed, but that deal has not been consummated because a family member in an estate ownership has not agreed to sign over his interest.

Cass County Commissioners Dan Henry and Duane Murdoch make up the committee. In October, they told Cassgram they were working on an arrangement in which the county would purchase 78.5 acres and then exchange that for 34 acres in the central part of the county in the ‘Plan A’ area—within a two mile circle of the Highway 50/Highway 1 intersection. (Archives 10/2/13) The options received the backing of the other county board members and at one point it was thought the final steps of the process would come back before the board for consideration at this week’s meeting.

Henry said yesterday that while that deal cannot be ruled out, the committee is now looking at other properties again in the ‘A’ area.

The ‘Plan B’ property is the current roads office/recycle center location on 12th Street west of Mynard. That 27-acre site needs a considerable amount of fill dirt to accommodate the preliminary plan for the maintenance building.

The county has not expended any funds in the search or for the option agreements.

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