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  • Writer's pictureCharlene Sims, Journal staff

Commission approves cutting price on former senior center

Updated: Nov 7, 2023

The Linn County Commission approved cutting the asking price on the former Pleasanton Senior Center at Monday's meeting. (File photo)

By Charlene Sims, Journal staff

MOUND CITY – After talking with Brandon McGinnis, the realtor contracted to sell the former Pleasanton Senior Center, the Linn County Commissioners decided to lower the selling price from $76,000 to $60,000.

On Monday, Aug. 28, McGinnis told the commissioners in a conference call that at first he was getting pretty consistent calls about the building. However, the volume of calls and interest keeps falling.

McGinnis said the main concern of buyers was what kind of loan for which the building would qualify. He said that in its condition it would probably only qualify for cash or a conventional loan.

He said the main type of people calling were investors or "flippers" that want to fix it up for resale. One person was looking at turning it into four apartment units. McGinnis said that lowering the price should increase the interest in the building.

McGinnis told the commissioners that he had originally listed it at $76,000 by doing a visual inspection and also looking at what they county had it appraised at.

Commission Chair Danny McCullough asked the other commissioners what they thought.

Commissioner Jason Hightower said he was good with the change.

Commissioner Jim Johnson said, “Whatever, I don’t care.”

The commissioners then unanimously approved a motion to reduce the price of the Pleasanton Senior Center to $60,000 and to authorize County Clerk David Lamb to sign the paperwork to reduce the selling price.

In other business, the commissioners:

• Rescheduled next week’s meeting until Tuesday, Sept. 5, because of the Labor Day Holiday.

• Were reminded about the SEK County officials meeting in Columbus, Kan., on Sept. 14 by County Clerk David Lamb.

• Declared the 2007 Ford Explorer from the Appraiser’s Office surplus property and approved Appraiser Kathy Bridges putting it on Purple Wave.

• Approved Hayden Tower Service dismantling the tower at the old jail building for $19,500. They will do this while they are in Linn County putting up radio equipment on other towers in the county.

• Approved an application for dump fee reduction at 204 Main Street in Centerville for the Garcia family.

• Learned from Public Works Director Shaun West that tree trimming has been going on at Montgomery Road south of 52 highway if anyone wanted to go see an excellent example of how the new machinery works.

• Learned from West that the noxious weed cost-share program was closed for 2023 except for two jobs that were in the process of being completed.

• Learned that the closing of the Commission District No. 2 road shop in Pleasanton is still an issue for some residents after it being closed several years ago. In a brief discussion about why it was closed, West brought up things that would need to be addressed if it was reopened.

• Learned from McCullough that a representative from Wildlife and Parks would like to speak with the commissioners about closing the road at Boicourt. The road being looked at is Queens Road near Area G of the state wildlife refuge. A traffic counter has been installed on the road to determine the amount of traffic there.

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