Putney Ranch will be sold Sept. 9

North Fork’s Putney Ranch will be sold during a 10 a.m. special meeting of the Madera County Board of Supervisors, Monday, Sept. 9.

The 87-acre property is owned by Madera County, and sealed bids on the property will be opened during the hearing. The minimum sale price is $348,000.

In 1967, former Sierra Justice Court Judge Marcia Putney gave Madera County the property that is adjacent to Manzanita Lake, but after years of neglect, the property deteriorated into a rural wasteland.

Within months of his first election, Sheriff John Anderson offered to assume responsibility and oversee the ranch’s restoration. The badly needed facelift was affectionately call “Putney’s Legacy of Love.”

In recent years, the camp hosted a number of community events specifically providing activities for Madera County’s developmentally disabled. Putney Ranch is also a site for D.A.R.E retreats; and provides room and board for firefighters when battling blazes in the Sierras.

The ranch has hosted what Sheriff Anderson coined “Community Service Day,” an opportunity for residents in the county to volunteer their time to help keep “Putney’s Legacy of Love” alive for the public.

A second county property, a 10-acre parcel on Road 432 at Bass lake, will also be sold to the highest bidder Sept. 9 with a minimum sale price of $544,000.Eric Fleming, county chief administrative officer, said the Putney Ranch is being sold because the minimal use of the ranch did not justify the high expenses of continued maintenance of the property and buildings.

“We are making an effort to off-load property that we (the county) just don’t utilize,” Fleming said. “Proceeds from selling county surplus properties will go into our capitol projects fund.”