Board OKs bid for old county shop site, hires assistant county appraiser

The Lyon County Board took action on several items of business at Tuesday’s meeting. Commissioners voted to accept a bid to buy a piece of property in Cottonwood, the site of the former county highway shop.

The old county shop was destroyed in a fire in early 2012, and the county has since moved into a new shop building shared with the city of Cottonwood.

Lyon County Administrator Loren Stomberg said bids to buy the property were received on April 24. Out of three bids received, the highest was a bid of $27,500 from WED Limited, LLC. Stomberg said the shop property had been appraised at $30,000 to $33,000.

Commissioners voted to accept the bid. Bill Drown, a representative of WED Limited, was present to hear the board’s decision. Commissioner Charlie Sanow asked Drown what his plans for the lot were.

“I don’t know what to do with it yet. Perhaps build on it,” Drown said.

Commissioners also approved the hiring of candidates for positions including assistant county appraiser and a summer intern for the auditor/treasurer’s office. For the position of assistant appraiser, a hiring committee recommended Brienna Beierman. Beierman is a 2011 graduate of Southwest Minnesota State University and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in business administration. Beierman would start full-time work around May 14, with a starting wage of $16.35 per hour, Stomberg said. Commissioners voted to hire Beierman.

Commissioners also approved hiring Skyler Stensrud as a summer intern for the auditor/treasurer’s office. Stensrud is currently a junior studying accounting at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Auditor/Treasurer E.J. Moberg said Stensrud’s duties would include helping office staff document financial practices in place in the county.

– Deb Gau