Newly elected president of the Sketchley's Border Brigade archery club Kent Schell introduced himself at the Hamilton County Conservation Board meeting on Thursday. He was formally elected president at the last archery club meeting Saturday. He spoke to the board during public participation about his club and ideas to obtain additional funding for the club.
The club has met with a lawyer to obtain non-profit status, but they cannot collect money until then. However, Schell has received more than $1,000 in pledges from various community members and businesses. He has also spoken with a land owner on the outskirts of Webster City who has about 30 to 40 acres and is interested in letting the club use his land for a practice range.
At the last City Council meeting, Schell was denied the use of Sketchley Park due to safety and liability concerns from the council. He said this land owner had similar concerns and the club is working out insurance for that range.
"We're not opposed to anyplace right now," Schell said. "We're just trying to find a home."
Schell said that 3-D shoots, which simulate hunting scenarios with targets shaped like various animals, used to be held near the Briggs Woods Golf Course maintenance building. He said they are currently planning a large kickoff this coming spring.
The board said that it would likely not be able to accommodate large events with hundreds of people. They said Izaak Walton League would likely be the club's best bet.
During the meeting, the board also set prices for the new cabin on Briggs Woods grounds this coming winter season. It was set at $160 per night with a three night minimum. Prices increase with fewer nights staying and likewise decrease in cost per night if staying longer. A single night rental would be $175. The board decided to revisit the issue in January to set summer prices beginning on April 1.