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NL City Council talks new Public Works building

Dec 07, 2017

By Karyn Spory, Mt. Pleasant News

 

NEW LONDON — No decision was made Monday night, but members of the New London City Council agree, something must be done with the city’s Public Works building.

City Council members stated the current public works building has a mold problem and several leaks in the roof. “If one of our employees gets black lung disease (from the mold) we’re going to need more than a TIF loan to pay for what’s coming our way,” said council member Frank Staley.

The Fraise Auction and Real Estate has offered to sell the city their building at 105 N. Cottonwood St. for $150,000.

Several council members, including Staley felt $150,000 was too much for the building.

City Clerk Kasi Howard said the Henry County Assessor’s value on the property was estimated around $156,000. However, that included two metal buildings and the surrounding land.

Council members also brought up concerns there may not be enough ground around the building to serve the purpose of the Public Works Department.

“If we had more ground on the side, and if they would move on the price it would be better,” said Public Works Director Mike Phillips Jr. “It would work.”

Council member Kirk Miller wondered what it would cost to build a new facility.

No action was taken on purchasing the building.

During the meeting, the council also set a date of June 30, 2018 to have the city’s inventory complete. Earlier this year, the council passed a measure to have an inventory of the city’s equipment and tools taken. A final date for the inventory had never been set.

The council also discussed creating an economic development committee. Council member Dan Berner said he thought it was a good idea, but asked if the discussion could wait until next month when the new council members were in place.

Monday night was the final city council meeting for Staley and Greg Malott, who was not present, as members of the board. Citizen Bob Shores thanked the two gentlemen for their hard work and dedication to the city during their term.

Berner followed up Shores’ comments by saying, “I’d also like to thank Frank. We may not have always seen eye to eye, but you have taught me a lot and I thank you for that.”

Staley jokingly said he enjoyed his “four years of aggravation.” In total, Staley had served on the council for a decade.

The New London City Council will have a workshop session on Tuesday, Jan. 2, to get the new council members up to date before holding their regular meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 9, at 6 p.m., in the City Office.

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