City Council votes on Omni Building, new Godeke Library renovations, Mayor Pro-Tem

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Updated: 7/10/2014 9:54 pm
The crumbling and problematic Omni Building downtown could soon be coming to an end. Council voted unanimously to authorize Mayor Glen Robertson to look into buying the building from the owner Thursday. The building has been unoccupied for a number of years and the roadway was closed until recently, due to falling debris that posed a safety hazard to the general public.

Robertson said much work needs to be done before the city will decide whether to buy the facility.

"We've got 90 days to go into that building, check to see if it's structurally sound and what it would cost to refurbish building. Also, what it would cost to tear it down. We also have a contract that isolable and what that means is for any reason, we decide we don't want it someone else can step into our position in that contract and if we don't like the information for any reason and it cost us one hundred dollars."

The city has set aside $1.26 million for the settlement.

Council also approved renovations to the old Luskey's western store. It will soon be the location of the new Godeke Library, after a six to one vote; new District 3 councilman, Jeff Griffith, was the only one to oppose the measure.

It will cost the city $866,000 to renovate, though the original budget was $200,000. Bathroom and plumbing costs were not taken into consideration at first.

Even with the new figure, the new location will still save the city roughly $80,000 a year.

"We're saving a lot more money each month. We're going to spend a lot more upfront that we had anticipated but in the long run, it's a good thing," said Mayor Pro Tem Karen Gibson.

Teinert Construction will be handling the construction. The extra money taken from the basement renovation project at City Hall. Council will take on that issue next year.

Finally, council approves a new Mayor Pro Tem. Members voted 5-to-2 to appoint Councilman Jim Gerlt.Victor Hernandez and Latrelle Joy were the two opposed.
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