DAKOTA CITY, Iowa — The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors has decided to again try to sell a county-owned park.

The decision was made Monday, The Messenger (http://bit.ly/2cbBp6V ) reports. The Humboldt County Conservation Board attempted earlier this year to sell Oxbow Park, which includes a 200-person capacity lodge. But supervisors only received one offer for the park in July.

The $50,000 offer was rejected because it was $100,000 less than what the board wanted for the property.

Conservation director Todd Lee said the board voted to try and sell again because some people have expressed interest in the park since bids were opened.

Lee said one person claimed that they didn’t know about the initial sale of the park until after the fact. Lee asked the supervisors how he could publicize the sale better.

The conservation board hopes to use the money from the sale to get grants to jumpstart an expansion of the Joe Sheldon County Park. If the property is sold, the public would no longer have access to the river there.

Supervisor Carl Mattes said a few people have told him the county should keep the property and double the rent.

“If we end up with it again I think that is something we need to look at, putting some money into it and raising the rental fees,” Lee said.

The conservation board has scheduled a public hearing for Sept. 12, with bid letting two to three weeks after that.


Information from: The Messenger, http://www.messengernews.net

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