EVART — Two new buildings have popped up on the Osceola County Fairgrounds, courtesy of Ice Mountain, the Nestle Waters North America brand pumping water near Evart.
“We’re just super-excited that it worked out,” said Arlene Anderson-Vincent, Ice Mountain’s natural resources manager.
Anderson-Vincent said the two buildings—resembling small barns—were already on land the company purchased to protect groundwater. Nestle buys up land in aquifer “recharge areas” to make sure the land is managed properly to protect the water underneath, she said.
The company didn’t really need the buildings on the land.
But the fairgrounds and the county recycling program did.
So Anderson-Vincent and the managers of the fairgrouns and recycling program figured out how to make it happen.
Nestle has had a long relationship with the fairgrounds and Anderson-Vincent met Doug Rouffer, manager of the recycling program, last year.
Last fall, Nestle approached Rick Sherman, president of the fair board, about moving the buildings to the fairgrounds.
It took awhile for the licensing, permits and site prep to happen, Sherman said.
And the timing was tricky because of the weather and finding contractors to do the work, Anderson-Vincent said.
The new buildings mean more space for animals during the fair, Sherman said. Just one of the buldings will be used for animals—probably sheep—but the second building is intended as a dedicated space for the recycling program. That means the recycling program will be able to stay in one building instead of moving around. That still means more space for animals.
“It lightens the load because now we have room for everything,” Sherman said. Last year, some animals were in tents.
A dedication of the new recycling center is tenatively planned for sometime in August.