EAST PALESTINE - Public officials spend five days a week working from small offices in an old brick building downtown and it is time for that to change, according to Village Manager Pete Monteleone.
A building for sale about 370 feet north of the administrative offices on North Market Street could be the "perfect" location for the new administrative offices, he said.
Council approved emergency legislation Monday allowing him to negotiate for the purchase of the former PNC Bank building located at 85 North Market Street.
PNC Bank's main branch announced in January the local branch was being consolidated with Columbiana, and on April 19 all local accounts were moved to the Columbiana branch on South Main Street.
A company spokesman had said then the closure was the result of an increase in online banking.
The East Palestine branch was the only one closed locally. Two branches are available to customers in Columbiana and two in East Liverpool.
Concerned about the loss of a business and a vacant building, Monteleone and village officials had urged the main branch to reconsider the move, but to no avail.
Monteleone is now looking at the available building as a "prime opportunity to acquire something in East Palestine that is just perfect" for the new administrative offices.
He said the current administrative offices are too cramped and the new building would allow for more space - specifically, enough space for council to hold its meetings there instead of City Park.
The village is one of the few locally to hold public meetings in a place other than its administrative offices.
Meetings are held at the community center inside the park.
Monteleone said if the sale goes through the current administrative building would be sold and offset the cost of the new one.
In other business, council approved supplemental appropriations, the Harding Well Construction and creating a police reserve unit.
During the meeting Monteleone presented John Hamner of CSI Environmental a plaque on behalf of council thanking the business for its recent efforts in town, including coordinating and donating equipment for the spring clean-up, installing a new drainage system at the new baseball fields, and coordinating a new curbside recycling program. The business was also thanked for volunteering to clean-up after the annual Street Fair.