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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Commission plans to sell 4-H site with building

  • It appears the Leavenworth County Commission is moving forward with the sale of the county-owned 4-H building "as is."
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    • Other business

      In other business Monday, the Leavenworth County Commission:


      • Accepted a bid from RF Fisher, of Kansas City, for $11,500 f...

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      Other business

      In other business Monday, the Leavenworth County Commission:



      • Accepted a bid from RF Fisher, of Kansas City, for $11,500 for adding more lighting in first-floor hallways of the Leavenworth County Courthouse.



      • Accepted a bid from Straight-Line Striping, of Grand Island, Neb., to apply traffic line paint on roads maintained by the county at a cost of $15.72 per gallon. That works out to about $1,000 per mile.



      The bid includes the possibility of up to five one-year extensions with no increase in cost through 2019.

  • It appears the Leavenworth County Commission is moving forward with the sale of the county-owned 4-H building "as is."
    Commissioners had been talking for months about possibly selling the property located at 101 4-H Road in Lansing. They had already closed the building because of potential dangers associated with mold.
    Commissioners also have debated whether to tear down the building or leave it for whoever buys the property.
    Leavenworth County Counselor David Van Parys told commissioners Monday the county likely would gain very little by having the building demolished and recommended selling the property "as is."
    He recommended selling the property to the "highest and best bidder." The commission would have the right to reject all bids.
    Commissioners voted unanimously to declare the site of the 4-H building as surplus property, which will allow it to be sold.
    No date has been set for the sale, but Van Parys said it could happen in about 30 days.
    The county previously solicited bids for the building's demolition. The county received five bids. The lowest bid was from Dale Brothers, Shawnee, for $4,975.
    Commission Chairman Bob Holland said Monday he has opposed the idea of the county tearing down the 4-H building.
    "Why do we want to spend the extra money?" he said.
    Holland said he sees no reason to spend the money if someone will purchase the property with the building intact.
    "We will reveal what we have found in our mold testing," he said.
    He said a developer who buys the land probably can have the building torn down in a matter of hours.
    The building is located on an 8.37-acre parcel of land, all of which is owned by the county. The Leavenworth County Appraiser's Office currently has the land and building valued together at $270,090.
    Commissioners have suggested developers could be interested in purchasing the property because of its location off of U.S. 73/Kansas 7 Highway.
    According to information Van Parys provided to the commission, the date and terms of the proposed sale must be published in the newspaper once a week for three weeks. The sale could be subject to a protest petition.
    Commissioner Clyde Graeber asked if the advertising for the sale would have to include information about the mold discovered in the building.
    Van Parys suggested people could be directed to contact the Leavenworth County Public Works Department to obtain information about the building.
    "The building is being offered in an as is condition," he said.
    Commissioner Dennis Bixby noted the companies that submitted bids to the county for the demolition of the building would not have been allowed to take the debris to the county's Transfer Station.
    Page 2 of 2 - He asked about protections the county would have to prevent a developer who buys the property from taking hazardous debris from the site to the Transfer Station.
    Van Parys said one of the conditions of the sale could be the proper disposal of debris. He said the Transfer Station also could refuse to take the debris.
    Van Parys told commissioners he will prepare a proposal for the notification of the sale as well as terms related to the sale.
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