The Leavenworth County Commission conducted an auction Thursday for the 4-H building in Lansing, and the highest bid was $50,000.

The Leavenworth County Commission conducted an auction Thursday for the 4-H building in Lansing, and the highest bid was $50,000.

However, commissioners have not yet decided whether they'll accept the bid, which was made on behalf of Lansing First Southern Baptist Church.

Commissioners plan to discuss the bid when they meet again Tuesday. They intend to notify church officials of their decision by noon that day.

Commissioners are attempting to sell a 8.37-acre parcel of land located at 101 4-H Road that includes the 4-H building.

The building previously was used by 4-H clubs and for other activities. But, the commission closed the building in February after black mold was discovered in the structure. Commissioners declared the land to be surplus property.

The Leavenworth County Appraiser's Office appraises the value of the land and building at $270,090.

Notice of Thursday's auction had been published in the newspaper and on the county's website.

County Counselor David Van Parys said the commission reserves the right to reject any and all bids from the auction.

If commissioners decide to reject the church's offer, the county would be free to directly negotiate for the sale of the property, Van Parys said.

At the start of Thursday's auction, Van Parys asked that people interested in bidding for the property take seats at a table in front of the commissioners' dais.

Four people took seats at the table, but only two of them made bids.

Leavenworth businessman Christin Raymos made the initial bid of $25,000.

Harland Russell made a bid of $30,000 as a representative of the church.

The two men continued to raise their bids until Russell made a bid of $50,000.

"No further bidding on my part," Raymos said.

Commission Chairman Bob Holland said commissioners will take the highest bid from the church under consideration.

Van Parys said there is no legal restriction regarding how long commissioners can consider the offer.

"You can take as much time as you like," he said.

Commissioner Clyde Graeber suggested commissioners should notify the church of their decision by noon Monday.

Van Parys said suggested making the deadline noon Tuesday because Monday is Labor Day.

The church is located near the 4-H building at 306 4-H Road.