2016-12-25 / Front Page

Old fire barn needs new roof or new owner

By Jeanne Marcello
Staff Reporter

CHESANING – The old Chesaning fire barn at the corner of Broad Street and Canal needs the roof replaced. The one-piece vinyl roof is leaking and can’t be repaired. The village council is considering whether to invest in a new roof or sell the building.

The village has been renting out part of the building to Crossfit Steel Courage. The rest of the building has been mostly used for storage.

During the Dec. 20 council meeting, Village Administrator Troy Feltman presented one bid for replacing the roof in an effort to have a cost estimate for budgeting purposes. The estimate came in at $15,321. Now the council has to decide whether to invest the money in an old building or find a buyer.

Councilman Matthew Hoover said there is a group interested in an agreement with the village that’s similar to the agreement the council made on the former Peet Community Center.

Village President Joseph Sedlar, Jr. responded, “The tenant has the first right of refusal.”

Feltman asked council members whether he should get an appraisal of the property or work the roof replacement into next year’s budget.

Hoover recommended getting an appraisal and setting aside money in the budget. That way, if the building doesn’t sell, they would have money in the budget to replace the roof. The council agreed.

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