CAM-PLEX horse stalling discussion on agenda for Public Land Board

One of the roads leading into the Cam-Plex with the Heritage Center in the background. (Photo: County 17 / Brooke Byelich)
One of the roads leading into the Cam-Plex with the Heritage Center in the background. (Photo: County 17 / Brooke Byelich)

GILLETTE – The Campbell County Public Land Board and CAM-PLEX staff on June 9 launched a discussion of whether CAM-PLEX should adjust the structure of horse stall rental fees to deal with how frequently stalls are left dirty.

Campbell County Public Land Board member Laura Chapman said she requested a stalling discussion be added to the June 9 meeting’s agenda because, “quite frankly, I’m kind of sick of hearing about horse [vulgarity].”

“It’s not a criticism on staff at all – but it seems a recurring theme with some customers who – the stalls aren’t cleaned out, the stalls aren’t ready or it’s not done,” she said.

Chapman said she would like to be more proactive rather than reactive in mitigating stall cleanliness issues in advance of customers needing to move their horses in. She said she doesn’t think CAM-PLEX charges enough for the stalls.

“I’m not suggesting that we raise our rates, but sometimes that’s what it takes to get people’s attention to clean up after themselves,” Chapman said. “And quite honestly, we don’t have enough staff for you guys to be out there shoveling [vulgarity]. I just don’t think that that’s what is valuable from this group of people, and so I think we need to find a better solution for it.”

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CAM-PLEX charges $15 rent per stall per night and pays $7 to clean each stall, CAM-PLEX Senior Sales Manager Mikenzie Ochs said. Campbell County Detention Center inmates get paid to clean the stalls.

Director of Operations Will Hastreiter said the CAM-PLEX charges relatively little for stalls compared with other stables and stall cleanliness is not a localized problem.

Chapman said she thinks that with limited staff and limited time and many responsibilities, it’s not worth staff’s time for staff to have to clean the stalls.

“If that means that somebody leaves a $50 deposit on the table and you guys don’t have to clean a bunch of stalls, I feel like I’m OK with that,” Chapman said. “And the customer gets to decide if they want to feel that in their pocketbook or not.”

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Randy Greer, who frequently uses stalls at CAM-PLEX, said different people have different definitions of what’s “clean.” He said that if staff rent out stalls in solely certain barns to make cleaning more efficient and ensure no stall gets overlooked for cleaning.

Board member Charlene Camblin said gathering input from stakeholders would be worthwhile.

“We’ve got a problem that we need help solving, and they’re the ones using the facility,” she said.

The discussion will continue after the National High School Finals Rodeo, the board decided.

The board meets again at 6:30 p.m. July 7, with a workshop at 6 p.m., in the Energy Hall Conference Room at CAM-PLEX.

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