Joint County Meeting Decides Sale of MSD Admin Building
Monday May 23, 2016 4:37pm
Monday morning the Steuben County Commissioners and Steuben County Council met in joint session. The sale of the office area that houses the MSD Administrative Offices to the MSD of Steuben County was approved in a 6-1 vote by both the County Council and Commissioners. Council member Ruth Beer cast the only “no” vote saying that she felt that there should have been more time to see if another county organization wanted use of the area, such as courthouse and judicial staff. Council Member Ken Shelton said most of the judges he spoke with were not interested in the office space. The sale does not include the multi-purpose room, only the 2nd & 3rd floor (and elevator).
In addition, the construction progress for the the New Events Center and Arena Building at the 4-H Park was discussed. Commissioner Ron Smith, said the first event in the New Events Center will be this summer during the fair for the display of 4-H exhibits, rather than using the old exhibit hall. Smith said this may be perceived as an inconvenient change for fair goers, but they wanted to give the public the opportunity to see the “beauty of the New Events Center”. In addition to being a banquet and event facility, the New Events Center will eventually house the 4-H offices and Purdue Extension Office.
The two Boards also approved to accept bids for a RFP Courthouse Study. The study will identify “needs verses wants” of possible upgrades to the Steuben County Courthouse, specifically upgrading handicap accessibility.