For many years, there has been an Ely City Corral Association that worked in conjunction with the City of Ely’s Council and personnel to keep things at the Ely Corrals maintained and free of weed accumulation and debris.
For the last year, or so, it appears as though the corral association disbanded for various reasons from the president having severe health issues, to the lack of interest by others who lease a corral or two at the Ely Corrals sense of pride has been lost.
A article last month in the Ely Times detailed the disrepair at the Ely Corrals where weeds stood as high as 4 feet high, and to this date, nothing has changed.
A meeting was held several weeks ago with several tenants who have a lease at the Ely Corrals. Their ultimate concern was the safety of their animals. If a fire was to start at the corrals, it could be detrimental to many animals, and their owners.
Kent Linskey, one of the lesees at the corrals, mentioned that he had spoken to Robert Switzer, city administrator of Ely, about a proposal to the city to be a paid Corral Boss for the Ely City Corrals through a proposed contract.
Linskey explained his thoughts on the proposal noting this would be a great deal for the city council, and there would be less conflict if it was proposed this way. Several people had reservations about the proposal being approved, mentioning that a back up plan should be ensued, but nothing was mentioned.
City Councilman Tony Defelice attended the meeting, listening to the crowds concerns and suggestions. Defelice put the proposal on the agenda for this week’s meeting.
In Linskey’s proposal, he outlines the proposal as a five-year contract at $1,000 a month.
He would use his own equipment, to clean up the arena, the round pen and the grounds at the corrals, fix the restroom doors, keep the restrooms clean, provide snow removal, fix potholes, and haul manure to the landfill, Linskey included in his contract that he would clean unrented corrals to make presentable to prospective renters, in addition to cleaning rented corrals and at the direction of the city, bill the leesee a $100.
The contract also included Linskey keeping an eye on the animals to prevent abuse, neglect, and assist with mediating problems if needed.
The breakdown of his proposal, for use of his own equipment and fuel, totaled out to $600 a month, and services provided by him would be $400.
Linskey would provide his own insurance as a contracted service provider for the city.
Clean up dates were also discussed by the tenants who discussed their willingness to help each other out in getting the corrals up to standard.
Now it will be up to the council to decide if they will accept it or not.