MAS board votes to appraise, sell unused land in Doyle Township
According to Superintendent Kathy McDonough, the owner of Grover Real Estate in Manistique, David Muxlow, recently contacted her in regard to the property. In that conversation, Muxlow indicated that there had been other property sales in the area around the school’s property.
“He would be able to give a value now to those 600 acres,” McDonough said.
The property, known as section 16 of Doyle Township, was considered as a money-maker by previous superintendents as well, McDonough explained – most recently by her predecessor, John Chandler. McDonough said she recently contacted Chandler to get his take on the property and its potential value.
“He basically said it’s swampland – it has value only as maybe hunting property,” she said. “It’s very isolated.”
McDonough added that the school would not be able to use the property for any type of timber sale, and asked for the board’s permission to request an appraisal on the property and place it for sale.
“It has no other value to the district, other than it might be a onetime source of income,” she said.
She noted that Chandler had suggested the school would be able to get around $100-200 per acre.
The district’s business manager, Donna Winkel, explained that the school had first acquired the property through a state program, though she has not been able to pin down the specific date this occurred.
“At one point, they were donating property to schools,” she said. “I suppose it was in lieu of funding of some sort.”
Winkel also explained that any profit the school obtains from the sale of the property would have to be split 50/50 with the state.
Board member Tim Zellner questioned whether the school would want to sell the property as one piece or split it up into sections.
“If he (Muxlow) has a buyer that is looking for something that big – hallelujah,” McDonough said. “If he doesn’t, or has several buyers, then that’s another (option).”
Board president, Gail Wood, mentioned that the property and its possible uses, had come up with almost every superintendent, but the topic usually was dropped once they discovered the property has no timber to use for profit.
“It’s still sitting there; we might as well try to sell it,” Winkel said.
The board voted unanimously to allow the superintendent to obtain an appraisal of the property and to place it on the market. Board member Giannine Perigo was absent.
In other business, the board also held their 2014 organizational meeting prior to the regular school board meeting. Members voted to retain their current board positions consisting of Gail Wood as president, Giannine Perigo as vice president, Amy Kraatz as secretary, and Tim Zellner as treasurer.