Ward County commissioners approved selling two homes located within the city of Minot during their regular meeting Tuesday. Both sales must be accepted by the potential buyers.
A home located at 814-2nd Ave. NE is to be offered to the city for one dollar. The property was flooded in 2011. It is listed among the properties facing demolition by the city to make room for possible dike expansion. The First District Health Unit had designated the home as a hazard and requested that the county take action to remedy the situation. According to Ward County Engineer Dana Larsen, the flood-damaged home was irreparable and no cleaning of the home had occurred following the flood.
The county had received two bids on a second city residence, this one located near Roosevelt Elementary at 621 7th Ave. NE. The county obtained ownership of the property due to non-payment of taxes. The home is abandoned, in disrepair and the lot is overgrown with weeds and trees.
The sale of this home at 621 7th Ave. NE, near Roosevelt Elementary, was approved by Ward County commissioners during their meeting Tuesday. Two bids had been received on the abandoned property.
Commissioners accepted a $7,500 bid on the property provided the buyer agrees to clean up the lot and remove the home by Oct. 31. The bidder had earlier indicated his intention to demolish the home and replace it with a manufactured home approved by the city. According to Mike Vendsel, director of tax equalization, the lot is valued at $8,500.