Lake County Commissioners didn't rubberstamp the sale of 1.7 acres of county land along SD-19 on Tuesday.
Officials from the South Dakota Department of Transportation appeared before the commissioners to discuss the acquisition of property along SD-19 for a resurfacing project. State officials seek to acquire 1.7 acres of the county Poor Farm property and obtain a temporary easement on another 1.8 acres of land.
Right of way specialist James Schwartz said state officials have been offering $9,000 per acre for cropland, $3,500 per acre for grassland and $1,000 per acre for property classified as wetlands.
County property, however, doesn't qualify for a similar offer. Schwartz said county property is typically obtained for $1.
A portion of the Lake County Poor Farm property is the county's gravel pit and the balance is rented and used as farmland.
"The county will lose revenue on this property," said County Commission Chair Scott Pedersen.
County officials added later that they believe the particular area contains gravel.
Schwartz said the county is welcome to negotiate a price with the state, but the project is on a timeline. Bidletting is scheduled to take place in September with culvert work and utility placement beginning this fall. Grading of the road will take place in 2014 with resurfacing scheduled in 2015.
"I don't think any of us want to hold this process up," Pedersen said. "We're anxious for a new road, but you are taking property from us."