When City Council meetings go three hours as Monday’s meeting did, some things get lost in the shuffle. One of those lost-in-the-shuffle items Monday night took the form of a bullet point in my story about the meeting. That bullet point said the City Council "authorized Mayor Sebert, Council President Jeff Smith and Council Vice President Marty Barington to discuss with the Davison County Commission the possibility of cooperating to build office space on the site of the county’s soon-to-be demolished Tower Building."
Sebert said he’d been approached by county officials, so he wanted the City Council’s opinion. Council members said they’re not opposed to having discussions about cooperating on a building at the Tower site, but they don’t have any ideas for a project right now. The reason the county is interested is because, as I understand it, the county has access to $3.1 million in federal stimulus bonding authority. If the county uses the bonds, the federal government will pay half the interest.
Got any ideas for a joint county-city project?