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City Gives Its OK to Archery Donation

The Yankton City Commission agreed Monday to contribute land, equipment and cash to the National Field Archery Association (NFAA) in order to address some of Yankton's interests as the non-profit organization seeks to expand its facilities.

The NFAA wants to expand the number of archery ranges and the amount of parking space at its headquarters on the east side of Yankton.

NFAA President Bruce Cull said the land will be part of more than $1 million worth of improvements made to the archery complex this summer.

The work will be done by the National Guard as part of an Innovative Readiness Training (IRT) project. Such projects enhance unit training and readiness while filling a community need.

“There is no way we could do this (without the National Guard),” Cull said.

The first portion of the agreement gives the NFAA 12 acres of property formerly used for the city's landfill. It is now utilized for storage space. However, if the archery organization decides it no longer wants the property in the future, ownership would revert back to the city.

A couple commissioners questioned why city staff believes it is appropriate to give the NFAA the property.

“This property is essentially valueless to anybody but the city or the NFAA,” Community Development Director Dave Mingo said. “(Because of its past use as a landfill), it wouldn't be eligible for any type of development. You couldn't, without extensive cleanup, make any improvements like footings, trenches for footings or things like that.”

A similar request couldn't be made of the city by other non-profit organizations, he added.

“There really isn't another 12 acres around that the city owns that is essentially negative in value, in my opinion,” Mingo said.

City Attorney Dave Hosmer said the only reason the city is able to donate the land is because it is essentially abandoned.

“Based upon conversation with staff, I think this qualifies as property that has been abandoned for public use,” he stated. “We've never done anything on top of this property.”

Cull said that, while the fields built as part of the expansion will be used for large archery tournaments, they could also be utilized for soccer, football or other types of sports.

As part of the agreement, the city has offered to buy the NFAA a mower that costs $25,000 or less. Municipal employees would no longer provide property maintenance under the agreement, nor would the city be responsible for repairs to the mower.

In the final part of the proposal, the city will give the NFAA up to $38,000 to reimburse it for the purchase of materials used to construct a comfort station. The facility would be located on NFAA property, but a perpetual easement would be in place so the general public would have access to it. The NFAA would agree to pay for any future maintenance to the comfort station.

Cull and city officials said the long--term goal is for the Auld-Brokaw Trail to extend through the NFAA property. It would run past the comfort station.

The commission unanimously approved the three-tiered proposal using funds from the city's bed, board and booze (BBB) tax fund.