[Audio] Pine City Council/Public Weigh in on Courthouse Future
The Pine County Board approved an offer Tuesday to sell the old Pine County Courthouse to the city of Pine City for $50,000. On Wednesday, it was the city’s turn to weigh in on the deal. The city council held discussion on what to do with the 30,000 square foot facility. Council member Brian Scholin encouraged the city to act swiftly.
However, not everyone is as enthusiastic. Residents also go the chance to weight in, and some say that the city needs to finalize plans before any action.
Kris Seuntjens with the Pine Center for the Arts gave her support to the city. She says preserving the courthouse means saving a piece of Pine City history.
City Administrator, Don Howard, says that if the city buys the building and ultimately determines that the best option is tearing it down, they are looking at a loss of $300,000. He said that is the worst case scenario. Pine City business owner, Rick Herzog said that if $300,000 is the worst case scenario, it is worth the risk.
Mayor Jane Robbins says there needs to be immediate discussion and planning on what exactly the city wants to do with the building before any purchase is made.
The county board says the city must makes its decision by the end of January.