Land for dog park to sit, stay?
The future of a proposed park on property that Al Salter bequeathed to the Nevada County Land Trust will be the subject of discussion at the land trust’s meeting at 5 p.m. today at the Peaceful Valley Farm and Garden Supply in Grass Valley.
When he died in 2001, Al Salter donated 36 acres on Bitney Springs Road near the Mystic Mine to the Nevada County Land Trust – a private membership-supported, nonprofit group that aims to conserve natural and historical areas – with the hope that the land be used as a park where residents could walk their dogs.
However, Salter’s plans for a dog park on the property may not come to fruition.
Dan Macon, who became executive director of the Land Trust in January, said there is a good chance Salter’s former land will be sold, as no one has offered to convert the property into a public park.
Western Gateway Park District in Penn Valley, the one company that was considering taking over the property, decided against it due to a “feeling we didn’t have the manpower or ability,” said Hal Jorgensen, chairman of the board of the Western Gateway Park District.
In addition, there was debris littering the property and other liabilities such as a mineshaft, meaning that the Nevada County Land Trust had not performed due diligence on the property, said Mary Lee Allen, secretary of Western Gateway Park District.
According to Macon, if Salter’s land cannot be used for a dog park, his will allows for the property to be sold provided the proceeds are used to build a dog park elsewhere.
Dale Teubert, a trustee of the property, said Salter’s will and trust state the property must be used for a dog park. Teubert said only 10 acres can be sold and only if those proceeds are used to make a park out of the rest of the property.
“Nowhere did he say that all of it could be sold,” said Teubert.
“Salter’s wishes will be implemented,” Macon said, adding that he is “hoping for some good input” from the public regarding uses for the land at today’s meeting.
“We’re hoping to make a decision this spring, but there is no definite timeline,” Macon said of a final plan concerning the land, which his organization has had in its trust since 2001.
Today’s meeting is expected to also include a discussion of the nonprofit organization’s strategic plan and an update on current land conservation projects, including formation of a new nonprofit corporation to assume management and control of the North Star Historic District.
To reach staff writer Josh Singer, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 477-4234
WHAT: Nevada County Land Trust meeting
WHEN: 5 p.m. today
WHERE: Peaceful Valley Farm and Garden Supply in Grass Valley on 125 Clydesdale Court in Grass Valley
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