The winning bids in an auction of county-owned mineral rights (oil and gas) under two separate parcels with private surface ownership were accepted by the Board of County Commissioners on Monday, June 10.
All of the mineral rights underlying an 80-acre parcel, and one-fourth of the rights under a 1,024-acre parcel were won by Rolf Sanburg, commissioners announced.
The winning bid for rights under each parcel was $262, a total of $524. The county's minimum bid on each parcel was $250.
There were two bidders in the county auction.
County treasurer Jim Ventrello said the surface ownership is at "the former Figure 4 Ranch," which is located in Hart's Basin. He explained that the mineral rights were acquired by the county through treasurer's deeds issued in the 1950s and 1960s.
In other business at its June 10 meeting, the Board of County Commissioners dealt with the following matters.
• Commissioners and department heads viewed a demonstration of new computer mapping technology being installed in the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) department.
The presentation, given by GIS department-head Paul Healy, demonstrated two system modules that are available only to county staff and to first-responder agencies, but not to the public. The previous software also blocked public access to some features.
The new system also provides a public access module. Public access to the new system will be useful "to a farmer wanting to know who lives next door to him" and to those in the real estate business, Healy explained.
The previous county GIS system operated with the Macintosh OS. But Mac users will be out of luck with the new system, unless they are able to download and use a compatible version of the Microsoft Silverlight software. The GIS department isn't endorsing any downloadable source of the software for Mac users.
• Commissioners approved grants for work at Blake Field and the North Fork Airport. Ninety-percent grant funding for $109,523 in runway maintanance paving at Blake Field and $67,240 for runway paving at North Fork was approved. Also, a 90 percent grant for a $25,900 project to install a lighted wind cone at North Fork was approved.
The grant funds come from aviation fuel taxes collected at airports around the state, including DIA. The money is distributed by CDOT.blog comments powered by Disqus