Greenwood to request county land for Lake Vermilion Penguins Snowmobile Club maintenance facility

TUESDAY, JANUARY 9, 2018 — Greenwood Township will request the transfer of 10 acres of tax forfeited land from St. Louis County to the township as a site on which the Vermilion Penguins Snowmobile Club can build a new maintenance garage and storage building for the club’s equipment. The Greenwood Town Board of supervisors decided to make the land request at its regular Tuesday, January 9 meeting.

Supervisor Mike Ralston told the board of supervisors that he has met with 4th district County Commissioner Tom Rukavina, as well as county personnel in the county land and mineral and planning and community development departments. Ralston explained that his research on the potential land transfer presented three options which the township can pursue in obtaining the land. The first option is to request the land by resolution and present the resolution to Rukavina who will carry the request to the county board for its approval. It is expected that the county will willingly convey the land to the township, at no cost, providing the township holds the land for a minimum 30 years. The township can then, in turn, lease the land to the Penguins. Another option which can be pursued is a direct lease of the land by Greenwood Township from St. Louis County. A third option would be for the township, or snowmobile club, to make a direct purchase of the land from the county.

“A soon as the township passes a resolution requesting the land, Tom Rukavina will carry it to the county board,” Ralston said as he offered a resolution for the town board’s consideration. Supervisor Paul Skubic expressed his support to have Greenwood request the land from the county and Ralston moved to adopt the resolution he drafted. Skubic supported the motion.

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