FAIRBANKS — The comment period for the sale of the Fox well has been extended into September as the Fairbanks Soil and Water Conservation District explores ways to keep the popular watering hole open to the public.
A spokeswoman for the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities said the agency has received six comments on the proposal to sell the well to businessman Patrick Kohl, who owns 70 acres adjacent to the well property.
The DOT has been looking to sell the well because of a decreasing funds available for maintenance. The comment period was originally set to close on Thursday.
Kohl has said he plans to keep the well open and maintain it for a few months, but only long enough for a co-op or some other group to form to operate the well, which costs about $50,000 per year to maintain and is subject to water quality regulations enforced by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation.
The soil and water conservation district is in the early stages of getting together a task force to manage the well.
Joni Scharfenberg, coordinator for the agency, said she is looking to set up a meeting of potential task force members along with a meeting with the DOT during the coming week.
DOT spokeswoman Meadow Bailey said the new deadline to submit a comment to the DOT about the proposed sale is in late September.
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