“We did our part; now it is up the legislature,” Clinton County Treasurer Joseph Giroux said Friday morning.
Legislature Chairman Jimmy Langley (R-Area 7, Peru) said he could not comment on the sale or the pending legal case.
“We can’t talk about anything that has to do with Turtle Island Trust.”
In advertising the auction, the county had warned potential bidders that the lands were in dispute and deposits could be held until the conclusion of litigation.
While Langley would not discuss the situation, he did issue a statement saying “bidders in today’s auction have been notified of the county’s position, and all bidders’ deposits are being held in escrow awaiting a court decision. No deeds will transfer until a decision is made.
“Clinton County will honor a final decision. That may take some time to realize. What the people should be aware of is Clinton County will not take any action until a decision is rendered in the appropriate court.”
His statement also said “we would also note that despite many rumors, the Ganienkeh people have made no threats of any kind to anyone that we are aware of. We ask that the people of this county respect their privacy.”
The county did not release the names of those who purchased the properties on Friday, and the website of auctioneer Haroff Realty Inc. listed only screen names.
“We had about 16 people register for the auction, and 10 bid,” Giroux said. “Some of them were local.”
The golf course in Altona off Rand Hill Road, one of the more high-profile properties, sold for about $20,000. It is assessed at more than $600,000.
Krishnamurthy said he was not sure how long the court might take to decide the case and noted that deposits from bidders could be held in escrow for a long time.