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Marengo-Union library board OKs $192K bid on State Street building

Officials also agree to buy out lease of youth sports clubs

Marengo-Union Library District board President Jude Schmidt discusses an agenda item during a special board meeting Monday.
Marengo-Union Library District board President Jude Schmidt discusses an agenda item during a special board meeting Monday.

Although $225,000 was the amount the Marengo-Union Library District board agreed to sell its former State Street facility for earlier this month, a lower amount was settled on during a special meeting Monday.

After an executive session that lasted about 30 minutes, the board agreed to a $192,000 offer to close on the building
Dec. 3. The bid was approved without opposition.

Because a couple of youth sports clubs, including the Marengo-Union Junior Tackle Football Club and Marengo Youth Wrestling Club, use the old building, the board also agreed to offer the clubs $2,000 to buy out their lease.

The board approved the initial $225,000 price Oct. 18, but the amount was disputed after inspections uncovered problems with the building, board president Jude Schmidt said.

The former library building on State Street had been used for almost 25 years.

However, the building only was about 10,000 square feet, limiting opportunities for expansion.

Once the building was paid off, the board saved the money initially reserved for the mortgage to buy a new building without the need for a referendum, Schmidt said.

The current library, at 19714 E. Grant Highway, has been used for about four years and is about 30,000 square feet, 20,000 of which is used for the library. The remaining 10,000 square feet of space is rented out.

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