The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

February 15, 2012

Catlin building still not for sale

BY KIM LUTTRELL
Commercial-News

CATLIN — A disagreement on the future of the village-owned building at 106 E. Davis St., resulted in a failed attempt to place the now vacant building for sale.

The building had been the former site of the Catlin police department and has sat empty since the police department moved its office to the second floor of the village hall.

Mayor James Robinson told the council it was time to sell the building.

"The village continues to pay to keep the utilities on in the building," Robinson said. "I think it is time to sell it."

Commissioner Kevin Kirk agreed.

"The building is just sitting there and the village is paying the utilities," Kirk said. "I think we should put it on the market with a Realtor."

Commissioner Brock Taylor wanted to decide who to sell the building to.

"I just want to know what someone is going to do with it before we sell it to them," Taylor told the council.

Several of the commissioners told Taylor his proposal probably was not legal.

"If they have the money to buy it, then we have to sell it," Kirk said. "We need to sell the building and hope that someone opens a business. Our control is through our building permit process."

Kirk also said that by selling the building the village would begin to receive real estate tax revenue as well as possible sales tax revenue.

A previously planned Subway franchise for the building fell through after Subway decided not to grant a franchise pending how a new franchise in Westville turns out.

The measure to place the building for sale with a Realtor failed on a 3-2 vote. The vote failed because any sale of village property requires a two-thirds vote. Commissioners Barry Voorhees and Taylor voted against the sale.

In other council action, commissioners:

 At the request of the village clerk, will have the village attorney draw up a new ordinance governing solicitation in the village. Clerk Michelle Carter told the council the village’s current solicitation ordinance is 40 years old and needs to be updated.

Carter also reminded commissioners they are required to complete an online open meeting certification. A new law, enacted by the General Assembly and effective Jan. 1, requires all elected public officials to complete the certification. Officeholders have one year to complete the certification, while anyone elected after Jan. 1 will have 90 days to complete the certification. Carter said the certification is about 65 pages long and has multiple choice questions to answer.

Learned the village has received a forfeited 1992 Chevrolet Corvette. The village has to wait 30 days before disposing of the forfeited property.

Learned that the owner of the Super Wash car wash has asked whether a special permit is needed for him to install a solar panel on the roof of the car wash. Commissioners will advise the owner that only a building permit is needed. The solar panel will be used to pre-heat water for the car wash.

WHAT’S NEXT

Village council members will meet at 7 p.m. Feb. 21 in the village hall.