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|Galesburg City Council Approves Building Purchase
|FIRST REPORTED 8:05pm 4/26/10 The City of Galesburg should soon officially have a piece of property that it says is crucial to putting all of its public works operations into one spot.
The Galesburg City Council at a special meeting Monday night voted 5 to 2, with 5th Ward Alderwoman Karen Lafferty absent, to purchase the building at 200 South Henderson Street from F&M Bank for $115,000.
The city wants to eventually use the building to move public works into it for storage, keeping it close to the city garage and other public works operations. But First Ward Alderman Ken Goad was one of the "no" votes and tells WGIL he's not so sure.
"I don't think we should be spending money right now," Goad said. "There's a lot of unknown costs down the road. (City officials) have some tentative costs on what it will cost to develop that property. And, I just can't see committing ourself to that kind of money at this time."
Goad suggested other properties in the area would also need to be purchased so the city's development plans, which include building a separate road salt storage facility, can fully come to pass.
The other no vote came from Sixth Ward Alderman Wayne Allen, who said he was just doing what his constituents wanted in voting no.
City officials believe once an estimated $1 million in work is done in and around the facility over several years, it will save taxpayers in the long run, especially in the winter months when it's time to plow snow.
(Galesburg city officials and aldermen walk into 200 S. Henderson Street April 19th during a tour. WGIL News Story and File Photo by Will Stevenson.)
|04 27 10 by Newsroom
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