County staff want to hire a real estate broker to assess the land and determine the best possible use for it. County commissioners are interested in selling the land to get it back on the tax rolls. However, a majority of commissioners want to keep the Pavilions open and reserve 40 acres for a potential minimum security jail.
Commissioners did make a promise to citizens last year that they would maintain the Pavilions through 2016. However county staff reminded commissioners that the new Kansas Star casino will have an equestrian center. Staff says the casino will be in direct competition for horse and other livestock events. They say commissioners should keep that in mind as the future of the Coliseum and Pavilions are considered.
The county will now put out a request for proposals to hire a real estate broker. The broker will assess the land and tell the county its professional opinion on how to proceed. Skelton says no matter what, something needs to happen at the site. He says it's prime land and the county is wasting money on keeping parts of it moth balled.