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April 11, 2014

County awaits Pleasantville Memorial Hall proposal


Pleasantville —

"We need the offer to come from you folks," County Attorney Ed Bull said of the City. This is part of the legal process the County must follow to transition any real property. Public notices must be filed and a public hearing will be held before the building can be transferred. 

The supervisors' top priority is reducing the County's liability. Agan and Supervisor Jim Kingery expressed their desire to finish this process, which has been ongoing for years, quickly.

"I would like to see this done as soon as possible," Agan said. 

"We just need to get it done," Kingery said. 

The consensus at the conclusion of the meeting was that the City will present the County a proposal, following the City Council's April 21 meeting. Mayor Bill Moore said he was satisfied with Thursday's discussion and he appreciates all of the hard work that has been done regarding the building thus far. 

Raymie said that the County believes the meeting accomplished what it was intended to do. He appreciates the City's willingness to meet and move this process forward. 

Pleasantville Memorial Hall is one of three the County owns. There are halls in Pella and Knoxville. Other counties either have a single hall, or none. 

Marion County used to have four, until the Bussey Memorial Hall became a structural hazard, and was demolished last year. Marion County still owns the lot in Bussey, but Raymie indicated that the County would like to turn the land over to the City of Bussey. 

There have been no substantial discussions regarding either hall in Knoxville and Pella. Raymie said the County will continue to evaluate its role in building ownership. 

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