Special Meeting Planned For Jail Offer

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009 at 5:36 am

Pine City is holding a special meeting to discuss to possibility of moving city hall to the old county jail.  Last month, The Pine County board agreed to offer the city the facility for $200,000.   The city now has until August 21st to respond to the offer.  If a purchasing agreement is not done by then, the jail will go on the open market.  The council agreed to come up with a plan for spatial needs before making a final decision.  City Council member Brian Scholin.

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Council member Paul Janssen says that the jail does have some quality space the city can use, but adds that plans still need to be constructed before making any final decision.

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One of the main concerns with moving to the jail is parking.  Public Works Foreman Royce Johnson says there is not enough parking spaces if it becomes city hall.  Mayor Robbins made the suggestion that maybe purchasing a building is not the best option for the city, but rather leasing.

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City Resident Bob Solaneck encouraged the council to look at the facilities that were offered for the new post office.  He says the prices that were offered then, are likely much lower now, given the state of the economy.

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The special meeting to discuss the jail facility is scheduled for July 15th at 6:30 at city hall.

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