The United Veterans Club of Grand Island is again asking Hall County to help acquire 10 acres of land from the state.
The club, located at 1914 W. Capital Ave., currently leases the land adjacent to the club, which includes the club’s parking lot, two ball diamonds and infrastructure, from the state.
At Tuesday’s Hall County Commissioners meeting, Richard Catron, Commanding Officer of Grand Island VFW 1347, asked the county to acquire the 10 acres on behalf of the club.
Catron made a similar request to the commissioners in September.
“Several years ago I submitted a case to the county council for the acquisition of the land to the west of the United Veterans Club, which you unanimously granted,” Catron said. “After that, we found that the state could not transfer those lands to the United Veterans Club because we are a private entity.”
Catron said he asked the state to turn the land over to the county, but no action was taken.
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“They can transfer the land to Hall County without any obligation. The transfer of land from one government entity to another is basically something that happens,” Catron said.
He brought the matter to the attention of State Senator Ray Aguilar of Grand Island.
The matter will not be taken to the state legislature, Catron said, but it is being done administratively, Catron said.
Catron has since met with the state property management office.
“At that time they did not have this package that I submitted to Senator Aguilar, but I was assured that they would have it and they scheduled another meeting which is supposed to be in a week. or two,” he said. .
The land is necessary because its infrastructure directly benefits the UVC building and the land is used for its programs and events, Catron said.
“The state gave us a lease, but I don’t feel comfortable because they can break it at any time and we would have no recourse, which is why I want this deed in Hall County,” did he declare. “We’ve been on Hall County land since 1970. We’ve built a park. We maintained the grounds. We also maintained this state-owned land.
He added: “We would also lose access to the west side of our club as the county ground ends right outside the gate at the western entrance to it.”
Commissioner Pam Lancaster supported the effort and participated in conversations with the state, she reported Tuesday.
“Really, we didn’t have any negative vibes at all. I thought it was all very positive,” she said. “The state assured the committee and Hall County that it didn’t There would be no “for sale” sign on this lot, but they reserved it for us with the transfer of the veterans’ house lot.
Lancaster said she felt “very hopeful”.
“It’s not done yet,” she said. “None of us will be truly comfortable until our signature is in line. But they know how well the land has been tended.