JANUARY 7, 2010

Details being hammered out

Sublease proposal still in the works for Dworshak

By Alannah Allbrett

   Clearwater County Commissioner, Don Ebert, stated that he participated in a conference call Monday morning with Director, Nancy Merrill of Idaho Parks and Recreation (IDPR) and Steve Klatt, Chairman of the department’s board of directors concerning the status of equipment needs at Dworshak State Park.

   Commissioner Ebert said they agreed IDPR would prepare an itemized list of equipment that would be needed for continued maintenance of the park. Currently, commissioners are awaiting detailed input to make the determination if managing the park is feasible.

   Ebert said, “We hashed-out some of the contractual language for a proposed sublease of the park by the County.” He stated that they haven’t come across anything yet that would cause an impasse at this point.

   Dworshak State Park is owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, with the state operating it for more than a decade. A state budgetary shortfall of $147,000 last year, forced state officials to sacrifice Dworshak in a system of over 30 parks. The park is a key component in tourist and recreational income for the surrounding communities.

   When asked how long the County might manage the park, or begin to look for outside management, Ebert said, “The first goal is to make it through the first year. We still don’t know if we’re going to be able to do it, but we are going to give it due diligence.”