The Emmet County Board of Supervisors Tuesday told a party asking to purchase county land for an animal shelter to first present the request to the fair board.
Kristy Henning of the
Emmet County Animal Shelter said Roy Gage had offered to gift land for the shelter. However, Henning said she would also like to obtain county-owned land fronting Seventh Avenue South for parking.
Gage, who was present with Henning, said City of Estherville zoning officials had assured him that the land would be a permitted use for the proposal.
Henning said she was looking for a house to move onto the property and that she would refurbish the structure and add on to it for dog runs.
Supervisor Tim Schumacher asked if it would work if the county retained ownership of the lot, but supervisor Jon Martyr said liability could be an issue.
Gage noted that the only time the county property is used is during the high-school rodeo and the tractor pull, adding that Henning could designate that the parking area could be set aside for those uses, if needed.
"We're definitely going to want to run this by the fair board," said board chair Alan Madden. "Ultimately we have the authority."
Supervisor Ron Smith suggested that Henning present her proposal to the fair board.
Supervisor Bev Juhl said going through the fair board there would have to be a public hearing. The property would then be sold in a competitive bid.
Schumacher suggested that if the project did not go through that a provision could be in place so the property would default back to the county.