BV Supervisors Vote to Keep Colorize Building

The Buena Vista County Board of Supervisors this (Tues) morning on a 3-2 vote decided to keep the former Colorize Building that the county purchased last year.

Supervisors Paul Merten, Kelly Snyder, and Don Altena voted to keep the building, with Kathy Croker and Rhonda Ringgenberg opposed.

The building was purchased for 340-thousand dollars at the suggestion of Auditor Sue Lloyd with the idea of moving the auditor/election departments there, as well as make it easier to store and transport voting equipment. The Supervisors approved a resolution in March to propose selling the building due to concerns about the possible relocation of the auditor’s office, and which other departments might occupy the building.

Snyder believes keeping the building is the best option to address the main issues…(audio clip below :26 )

Croker and Ringgenberg remain opposed to moving the Auditor’s office out of the courthouse. Ringgenberg feels it would create too much confusion. Croker wanted to put the Colorize building on the market and see what bids the county received within a 30 day time frame, although she wasn’t in favor of selling the building if the county was going to lose money. Croker wants to make more room available in the courthouse, including in the wildlife area, which Merten said wouldn’t solve all the issues. Merten said there’s no perfect scenario for relocation of departments.

Buildings and Grounds Superintendent Joe Keller likes that the Colorize building is close to the courthouse…(audio clip below :20 )

The Supervisors will decide which departments will occupy the former Colorize building at a later date.


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