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  • Writer's pictureCharlene Sims, Journal staff

County looks to increase usage fees for Linn County Park


MOUND CITY – The Linn County Commissioners reviewed the monthly Linn County Park report and later looked at fee increases on Monday, Dec. 11.


The Linn County Park monthly report for November showed that the receipts were just over $27,600, the expenditures were almost $24,000 for a gain of more than $3,600. Year-to-date the receipts have been more than $307,800, the losses were more than $265,600 for a gain of nearly $42,200.


Later in the meeting, Public Works Director Shaun West told the commissioners that Linn County Park Manager Sheri Loveland had researched similar businesses in the area and suggested increases in the following fees:


• Daily admission from $4 to $5 per day.

• Second car on a yearly pass from $7 to $10.

• Tent camping from $10 to $12 daily.

• Second tent on same site from $7 to $9 daily.

• Small shelter house by the marina from $40 to $50 per day.

• Large shelter house, Electric Loop, from $50 to $60 per day.

• Cabins from $50 to $60 per night.

• Pet fees from $25 to $35 per stay.

• Camping fees from $15-$19 per night to $16 to $20 per night.


Loveland also sent some questions for the commissioners. She asked if they wanted her to charge for early check-in or check-outs, possibly an extra $10 for either or $20 for both.


In her report, she also asked the commissioners if higher rates should be charged for the cabins when there was higher demand for events like Dancefestopia, hunting season, Memorial Day or Labor Day. She wrote that other businesses in the area increased their rates during special times and events.


Commission Chair Danny McCullough had questions about why more cabins were not listed with the Airbnb platform. 


Commissioner Jason Hightower pointed out that the Airbnb income was just over $4,300 for the year to date and the non-Airbnb cabin rentals had brought in nearly $51,600.


County Counselor Gary Thompson said that only one cabin was set up for Airbnb.


McCullough asked if the internet service and televisions had been installed in the cabins. West said he would have to check and get back with the commission.


The commissioners asked that West go ahead and create a resolution for next week for the fee changes. They also asked that Loveland come to the commission meeting so they could ask her some questions.


In other business, the commissioners:

• Appointed Russell Pope to the Tri-Ko Inc. board after learning that board member Tom Likely was resigning. 


• Hired Trevor Mandrigues as an Appraiser I at the recommendation of Interim Appraiser Lisa Kellstadt. Mandrigues will start at $16.60 per hour.


• Appointed Jeff Hines, Dustin Coffel, Mark Briggs and Emily Thies as ex-officio members on the solar regulations workshop committee and to allow alternates to attend if those ex-officio members are not available for the workshops, contingent on Jeff Hines accepting the position. Later in the meeting Hines called and said he would accept the position. Hines and Coffel will be the solar proponents and Briggs and Thies will be the solar opponent representatives. Alison Hamilton will be an alternate for the opponents. The first workshop will be on Wednesday, Dec. 13, at the county annex building at 6:30 p.m.


• Approved a request for reduced construction debris fees for a property in Pleasanton, 204 West Fourth Street, owned by Michael and Rachelle Shapel.


• Learned from Joey McLiney that Country Club Bank had purchased the county’s bonds at a rate of about 5.036%. The total amount of bonds issued was $3.83 million.


• Approved a burial permit for a water line from Anderson County Rural Water District No. 1 located at 9696 West 1200 Road.


• Learned that Evergy had decided to postpone the renewal of their application for the burial and aerial installations on 2200 Road and Young Road because there may be a funding delay in the project.


• Learned who the bidders were for the on-call engineering contract and the biannual bridge inspection but will wait for West to qualify the bids and bring back next week.


• Approved West bidding up to $22,000 for a cold planer on Purple Wave.


• Approved the hiring of Mike Nation as an Operator 3 at the county’s south shop at the rate of $19.93 per hour, which takes into credit his prior service.


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