POMEROY — Pomeroy Village Council unanimously approved the advertising of the Old Pomeroy Village Hall, also known as the Old Pomeroy High School, for sale.
This will be the third time the building has been listed for sale by the village. Council member Robert Payne made the motion to move forward with advertising the property for sale, with council member Ruth Spaun seconding the motion.
The first two listings resulted in one bid from Mark Porter GM in December 2011.
The village had accepted the bid of $20,250 in December 2011, but in June of this year Mayor Mary McAngus informed council the sale did not go through as approved.
The first round of bids in July 2011 provided the village with zero bids. The council had asked for a minimum bid of $80,000 in the initial posting, with bids to be submitted by July 8. After no bids were originally submitted, the council posted the building again at the lower price of $60,000, with bids to be in by December 9.
When accepting the bid, then Mayor John Musser, noted that it would likely cost around $40,000 to demolish the building.
McAngus had signed the deed to the property in April in order to complete the sale of the property, but the sale was not completed.
The building — which was built in 1914 — was home to the Pomeroy High School Panthers until the school consolidated into the Meigs Local School District 40 years ago.
Following the consolidation, the building became the Pomeroy Municipal Building, housing the water office, police department and other administrative offices. The building has set vacant since the village moved operations in December 2009 to the former Millennium building.
Council has previously approved a $300 per month lease for the parking space on the west side of the building with Mark Porter GM. A resolution stating the lease was on the agenda for Monday’s meeting, but was voted down by council. Council members stated that the lease did not stated the length of time it would be effective and needed to be revised prior to approval.
Council members Payne, Jackie Welker, Dru Reed, Ruth Spaun and Phil Ohlinger were present, along with Mayor Mary McAngus, clerk Sonya Wolfe and village administrator Paul Hellman.
More on Monday’s council meeting will appear in a later edition of The Daily Sentinel.