BLANKET— The Blanket City Council will likely sell the Blanket Community Center with mounting maintenance costs outweighing its revenue generation.
With discussion of replacing the heating unit after its blower went out, councilmen and women seem determined to sell the city landmark in hopes they can reinvest the resulting revenue in city infrastructure.
“We have no need. It was turned back over to us because nobody could pay the insurance on it. No body wants to lose the community center, but they’ve had nothing so I’m going to suggest we put it up for sale,” Councilman B.J. McGinnis said.
With no objection, Mayor Judy Eoff requested the council table the agenda item until the April 15 board meeting so she can consult with the city attorney. City Secretary Rose Wigham said its undisclosed current occupant agreed to lease the property and make necessary repairs but that never happened.
“It’s not practical. Nobody is coming by with a big check to offset it. We can’t do it,” McGinnis said. “We’re at the end of it is the way it looks to me … The guy that took it over agreed to bring it up to spec. and it took over a year to do this and they haven’t done it.”
Councilwoman Dominique Suentzenich, who took her oath of office Monday afternoon to join the council with Councilman Barry Bowlin, initially opposed closing the community center until hearing the list of repairs and improvements needed, including what Councilman Scotty Isham described as a bouncing floor.
“There has been a board off on the west side of it that has been off for I don’t know how many years. We asked them to fix it and asked them to fix it.,” Councilman Mo Amos said. “The adjuster said ‘you’re not going to get anymore money for it because the damage has already been done and it hasn’t been fixed.’ They were wanting to do the bell town (for $15,000) and $35,000 to put siding on it. I put siding on a house several years ago and it was nowhere near something like that.”
The council also:
Announced the sale of a 1991 GMC trash truck to the city of De Leon for $3,300 after the city of Early began providing trash services in the spring of 2018. Held an executive session to discuss appointing an interim mayor following the May 4 election. Received a city infrastructure improvement presentation from Chris Nill with Communities Unlimited.