Plan of action Lease the property for two years, option to purchase the property for 2 years. Have funding to do 3 test sites for more dinosaur tracks and fossils (lots 6 and 7). Programs with the public. Revisit the site in TN, like to go back and talk to invidiuals. They had a grant of 10 million dollars to help them. About 2500 square feet. A vistor's center. Would like county to agree to further excavations and study and give opportunity to work with utility companies, public and the schools.
Chambers: Except for the excavations and the 2 year lease, can't you just work with the utility companies etc without any kind of lease
Jacene We are going to do that but one of the reasons for the digging is to determine if there are more tracks there.
Chambers: But apparently you're going to get to a point someday where that line's going to be in your way, right?
Jacene. It can be in our way or we can learn to work with it. Where the easement is, on this side we won't be able to work there. Going down 5 feet to where sewer is so how we will be control it with the drainage issues? We went to bring in a water engineer. Proposed dig sites, strongly suggests more tracks. Could have erosion from ice age, flooding. If we can't dig ,what do we do now? I still strongly suggest a visitor's center. We made replicas of the tracks, the Aluminite Corporation out of Kalamazoo MI, they were here last year
Curtis. If we boil al lthis down, what are you asking for?
Jacene- we want to lease the land for 2 years and give us the option to buy at the present real estate value.
Chambers; Andy, and Brian, would we have to go out for bids if we considered a lease?
Brian: We would go out for RFPs but make it very specific for the purpose of the excavation, could even specify that it be done by a non-profit organization.
Jacene. I do have the funding in place to do this. It's something I'm going to go out later and secure the monies to do this.
Curtis. I'm of the opinion that we've moved in this direction, not much value in property for development other than this type of endeavor so I would support a lease agreement for exploratory considerations.
Hulsey: When the 2 years is up and you don't find what you .. what determines to buy it or not.
Jacene: Assuming that we don't find anything in the 2 years, the site already has a history because of the Adams You'd have a visitor's center that would still be worth it. If you're going to put in a vistor's center, you don't want to put it in a metal building.
Jacene. I don't have the checkbook. If I had the checkbook we wouldn't be standing here now. We'd purchase the property and be on our way but I have to answer to other people who do have the checkbook. This is very foreign to me. I've had to educate myself on talking to business people because their language is totally different than mine.
Questions: Who owns that property now? Does Somervell County own them? Is there a dollar amount of what Jacene is asking for? Is he asking for his trip back to TN to be funded? He wants to build a building? If he's leasing the property, how does that work to pay a lease but build something on that property? Does he hope to get one of those extremely cheap lease deals like the one Somervell County made with The Promise? Who is allowing him to be on that property now? Does he have a signed agreement with the county? (Since he said he's being paid by some other entity? He said he didn't understand talking to business people but in fact that's not the case with the storefront he operated with a grant in TN, where he had to approach business people to get that moolah.