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Shadow Mountain Clubhouse plus two properties scheduled for county auction

Lauren Blair







— Moffat County will be doing some spring cleaning this April and May when it auctions off several properties it no longer needs.

County officials have set a target date of May 3 for the auction of Shadow Mountain Clubhouse along with the 3.9 acres of land its sits on. The opening bid will be set at $250,000, said Moffat County Director of Development Services Roy Tipton at the Moffat County Commissioners meeting Tuesday.

Commissioners also approved the auction of 6.3 acres of vacant land north of the Shadow Mountain Clubhouse on the same day. The starting price has not yet been set, but the land could be re-zoned for commercial use, Tipton said.

"I want to have both of those auctions at the same time, because there may be one buyer for both," he said. "There is commercial potential and we hope that's what goes in there. It would be better for the tax rolls to have commercial property over there."

Members of the Senior Social Center met with commissioners last month about utilizing Shadow Mountain Clubhouse to meet their growing membership needs, but found they couldn't afford to purchase the building at fair market value nor afford necessary repairs.

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"At $176,000 to bring that building up to par and another $35,000 a year needed to maintain the utilities and snow plowing and all that, it really isn't an asset to the county, it's more of a liability, and it would be the same for the seniors if they took it over," said Moffat County Commissioner Ray Beck on Tuesday.

Besides saving on maintenance costs, selling the properties will provide an influx of cash into the general fund to help buffer recent bad budget news, and will generate property tax revenues once under private ownership.

Finally, the county will also auction seven small lots of land in the old Loyd township south of Colorado Highway 13 in southern Moffat County. Tipton estimates the land, totaling about a quarter acre, is only worth $300 to $400. It is landlocked by private land owned by John Charchalis.

Contact Lauren Blair at 970-875-1795 or lblair@CraigDailyPress.com or follow her on Twitter @LaurenBNews.