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County Approves Archery HQ Land Transfer

The Yankton County Commission agreed Thursday to provide seven acres of property as part of the incentive package to bring the National Field Archery Association headquarters to the area.

During a special meeting Thursday morning to address the issue, commissioners offered their enthusiastic support for the development.

The National Field Archery Association (NFAA) executive council was in Yankton last weekend and voted unanimously to relocate its office facilities from Redland, Calif., to South Dakota this fall.

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Earlier this week, the City Commission agreed to provide $100,000 that will go toward the purchase of land south of the Best Western Kelly Inn along Bramble Road. Additionally, the city will forgive $5,600 in special assessments against the property, as well as maintain a pair of 28-target archery ranges on the site that would be made available to the public.

In return, the NFAA will build a 5,000-square-foot or larger office building that will likely include an archery museum. It must operate in Yankton for at least five years, employ four full-time equivalent workers within three years at average or above-average wages and work in good faith to hold some of its regional, national or international tournaments in Yankton.

Yankton County was asked to provide seven of the 39 total acres being sought for the development.

"I think what adds validity to it is the fact they have been in town for a couple of major tournaments already," said County Commission Chairman Allen Sinclair, noting the regional and national archery events held in the Yankton during the past several years. "They've proven they can bring business to the community."

Yankton Mayor Curt Bernard pointed out that, according to numbers compiled by the city's Office of Economic Development, tournaments secured for the Yankton area during the next two years alone are expected to generate more than $4 million in visitor spending.

"This is a nice sport, and it's a really nice amenity in terms of lifestyle for the area," he said. "But the reason why we're doing it is because of the potential impact from a financial and economic health perspective."

After a presentation from NFAA President Bruce Cull and Economic Development Director Kurt Hauser, the County Commission unanimously approved the transfer of seven acres of surplus property to the NFAA contingent upon its fulfillment of the incentive package stipulations.

"When you get a national institution like this in and a museum, you don't think people are going to come off the beaten path to look at that?" said Commissioner Bruce Jensen. "Absolutely, they will. It's a big drawing card, and pure economic development."

Commissioner Donna Freng was absent from the special meeting.

Earlier in the morning, Yankton County representatives met with Yankton city commissioners and staff for their monthly city/county planning committee meeting.

During the meeting, the committee:

discussed whether the city would be interested in buying 36 acres of South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) property west of Yankton that was used, in part, as a borrow pit during the re-construction of Highway 52. The city had requested that the SDDOT include a provision in its sale of the land stipulating that the owner would give up the right to oppose annexation into Yankton. The SDDOT declined, and city officials were told that purchasing the property would cost them $165,000. Officials Thursday mulled over how important the property is to their plans, especially whether it would prove useful if a sanitary sewer system is built west of Yankton. Ultimately, the committee agreed the price is too steep at this point for plans that are still being formalized;

Sinclair stressed that the process of establishing a sanitary sewer system - which will eventually require a vote by local residents on the formation of a sewer district - needs to be done carefully so as to avoid possible legal opposition in the future; and

city officials said the re-zoning of East Yankton property for industrial use was going over much better with affected residents after holding two public hearings and an open house on the subject.