County sells land to DNR, but not without comments

The Lyon County Board last week approved the sale of 57 acres of land in Island Lake Township to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

Owner Gil Sook had wanted to sell the property to the DNR for several years and funding is now available. DNR officials indicated they have land surrounding this land and it will be a “nice fit for us.” They intend to keep and improve the grassland habitat in the area.

Commissioner Rick Anderson wasn’t for the sale of land to the DNR. He said, “The question I always have is, you keep buying more land that you can’t take care of,” adding, “If you’re truly concerned about aiding water quality, it should be a plan of the DNR.”

Anderson said, “I have trouble with you buying, buying, buying and you can’t take care of it.”

The DNR officials reported, “It’s our plan to protect and enhance.”

According to the DNR, wildlife, sportsmen and outdoor enthusiasts will benefit because the property will be open for hunting, trapping and other forms of wildlife-oriented recreation. IN OTHER action the board: •Approved remodeling of the WIC (Women,Infants, and Children) rooms in Public Health at the courthouse. WIC received a $70,000 grant said Kirsten Deacon of the WIC.

The remodeling will include new cabinets, window covers, etc., but not structural changes.

•Approved a plan by the City of Marshall to establish a new tax increment financing district. The current plan is for $3.4 million of tax increment that will be generated over the life of the district (nine years).

The amount of tax increments attributed to county levies, has been estimated at just over $1 million. A public hearing will be held at 5:30 p.m., Sept. 12 at the middle school in Marshall to give the community a chance to have input on the project.

The taxes are being generated to help support a project of the TruShrimp company.

•Noted a detour will be in force starting in April for 3.5 miles of County Road 33 and State Highway 68 and 23.

The state will work on a bridge approach located by the Marshall band shell. It will last 47 days and cost about $7,320.

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