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Officials discuss fate of building

October 3, 2012
Morning Journal News

SALINEVILLE -Village officials are exploring their options on what can be done with the Kaiser Building and the items within it.

Mayor Mary Smith said that she has been exploring all possible options for the building, including leasing or selling it.

When asked about her preference, Smith said, "It depends on what the best option is. Right now, we just can't afford the building."

The 5,980 square-foot building, located at 2 Main St., was donated to the village in 2010 by Huntington Bank. Also donated at that time were the Thompson and Baker Buildings at 60 and 66 Main St.

The Baker Building has since been turned into the Village Hall.

The Kaiser building includes a lower-level gymnasium, and is still stocked with exercise equipment. It previously housed the 777 Internet gaming parlor.

During Monday's Village Council meeting, Village Council President Rick Beadle said, "As far as I'm concerned, I don't want to be in the gym business again."

Beadle and Councilmen Craig Roberts both voiced support for getting rid of the equipment, but agreed with Smith that the village's fire and police chiefs should be allowed to look through the equipment to see if there is anything they would like to keep for the safety forces.

Police Chief Terry McElroy said that while he has been in the building, he hasn't looked too closely at the equipment.

McElroy said he would possibly be interested in bringing some of the equipment to the station for the officers to work out with, and said he thought it was a good idea for council members to check with the safety forces.

Councilman Jim Howdershelt has previously said the village shoulder advertise to see if anyone is interested in using the building, and has said that because the property belongs to the taxpayers the village must get as much money as possible from it.



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