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Rock County to assess land donation

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ANN MARIE AMES
May 9, 2008
— The Rock County Board voted unanimously Thursday to move forward with negotiations over a parcel of property that could be donated to the county.

The county has 90 days to perform an environmental assessment of the property and determine what it would cost to demolish two buildings on the site.


Attorney John A. Buck, Chicago, has offered to donate 3.6 acres along the Rock River in Fulton Township. The property at 9236 County F is on the north shore about a quarter mile upstream from the Indianford Dam.


Assistant Rock County Administrator Phil Boutwell said the donation is “valuable.” He doesn’t anticipate any problems preventing the county from accepting the property.


“It’s a good piece of property that could be used for a public purpose,” Boutwell said.


The property contains two buildings—one them the former Bikini Beach House tavern. The old buildings probably contain asbestos, Boutwell said. So, along with an environmental assessment of the site, the county will determine how much it will cost to tear down the buildings.


County staff have not determined how the property will be used if the county owns it. But it could become a park with a public boat launch, Boutwell said. Or the county could do nothing with the land and sell it, Boutwell said.


“We have no preconceived ideas about the property,” board Chairman Russ Podzilni said. “Our efforts are clear and transparent to determine there are no environmental problems. Then we’re free to do whatever’s best.”


Thursday’s resolution authorized $2,985 county dollars and $3,657 from Buck to assess the property.


Buck bought the land in September 2005 for $390,000, Boutwell said. The current fair market value is $155,900 for the land plus $65,900 for the buildings, Boutwell said.


Buck is donating the land for tax purposes, Boutwell said.


If no problems come up, Boutwell expects a second resolution in 90 days to close on the property. Additional money will be needed for closing, including prorated 2008 taxes and title insurance.



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