Authority to exchange lands offered for sale and not sold
(1) Except as otherwise provided by statute, the governing body of a county may exchange county land of any character, which has first been offered for sale but not sold for want of a satisfactory bid, for other lands of equal value to which the owner thereof can give clear title and which are free of all liens and encumbrances.
(2) Exchanges may be effected between the county and an individual, partnership or corporation. Thirty days prior to the consummation of the exchange, notice of intention to exchange, setting forth the legal description of the property to be exchanged, together with the appraised value as recently determined by the governing body of the county and the legal description of the property to be acquired in exchange, shall be published for two successive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation in the county. At any time before an exchange is actually made, written objection thereto may be filed by any interested person and the governing body of the county shall consider any such objection, and at its discretion may conduct hearings thereon. If, after duly considering such objection, the governing body of the county still deems that the proposed exchange is for the best interests of the county, the governing body may proceed with the exchange and its determination in that respect shall be final.
(3) Lands received by the county in exchange may be sold, leased or exchanged the same as might have been done with the lands originally exchanged. [Amended by 2005 c.243 §10]
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