Buildings to be torn down

One of the signs donated by the family of the late Larry Schaaf. The signage is a map of K.C. Geiger Park, highlighting the location of ball diamonds, parking and restrooms.

Property issues dominated another St. Marys City Council meeting Monday evening, with updates on improvements and preparation to purchase property downtown.

Within 18 minutes — before the group entered executive session to discuss pending litigation — councilors authorized the issuance and sale of notes not to exceed $325,000 to purchase three properties currently owned by Kalvin Schanz. The Palm and Murphy buildings on Spring Street will be torn down to allow for the construction of a new municipal building; the Spicer building (Touchdown Club) is also slated for demolition with the land to serve as a parking lot.

Safety Service Director Greg Foxhoven reminded councilors the city plans to borrow from itself — just as it is doing to purchase the Doseck property on Shipman Road — with the funds coming from the utility and refuse funds. A separate ordinance authorized the transfer of monies from those two funds into the general fund to cover the $2.85 million in costs.

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