Humboldt supervisors set date for selling Oxbow Park

DAKOTA CITY — The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors decided on July 30 as the date for the sale of Oxbow Park at a public hearing during Monday’s meeting.

Oxbow Park comprises 1.2 acres just west of Humboldt north of Iowa Highway 3 and along the West Fork of the Des Moines River. It was acquired by the county in 1994 and includes a two-story lodge built in 2002 with a capacity of 200. The Conservation Board has been renting out the lodge, but rentals have been slow, Conservation Director Todd Lee told the board previously.

The supervisors tried twice in 2016 to sell the property, but received no acceptable offers. The Conservation Board has set a minimum acceptable bid of $150,000 for the property.

The Conservation Board intends to use the proceeds to develop a newly purchased 26 acre addition to Sheldon Park to the south. Additional campsites, playground equipment and shelters are planned. The Conservation Board intends to make Sheldon Park a recreation destination site.

The Conservation Board would like to go with sealed bids again as opposed to an auction, Lee said.

If there are a tie among bids, the board would draw the winner out of the hat, County Attorney Jon Beaty said.

The supervisors voted to accept sealed bids.

In other business, the board approved the funding request from the libraries in the county. Totaling $88,259; $38,134 will be split into equal shares for the libraries in Humboldt, Renwick, Bode and Livermore. The fifth share will be equally divided between Gilmore City and LuVerne. The rest, $50,125, will be split as follows: 50 percent for Humboldt; 12.5 percent each for Renwick, Bode and Livermore and 6.25 percent for Gilmore City and LuVerne.

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