September 2, 2014

Omer to sell old library building

By James Kuch
News Editor | news@arenacindependent.com
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OMER — Now that the city of Omer has its new library, it’s time to ship out the old one.

Mayor Alice Sproule said the city is looking to sell the old library building, which is a relocatable trailer, to the highest bidder. She added that the city council would also like to see a family area built at the building’s current location.

“We want to continue to develop that area,” she said. “With the building there, we have not been able to develop it.”

City council member Robin Berry said the city would like to install a family friendly park or pavilion, but discussion is still ongoing.

“We want to make the area a family location,” he said. “My vision would be having a pavilion and a fenced-in area to protect children from (US-23).”

The old library was recently replaced when construction was finished on the new Omer Little Eagles Nest Library, which opened in February.

Berry said the old library will be sold to the highest bidder.

“We (the city council) will reserve the right to accept or reject any offer,” he said.

Berry said Omer received the library trailer as a donation from the Arenac Eastern School District in 1997, and it has been located at its current location since that time.

“The trailer was built in 1985,” he said. “It was used at Arenac Eastern as a schoolroom.”

Sproule said she would like to see the area used by the preschool, located across the street.

“I think we would like to have a place for the kids to play,” she said. “But first the building has to be removed.”

Berry said once the trailer is removed, the city will be able to make a decision on what will be placed in the location.

“Everything is up in the air yet,” he said.

Berry added that the site will still have access to water and sewer, once the trailer is removed.

“I think it would be a great location for a pavilion,” he said.

But all of those potential ideas will have to wait until the old library is sold.

Berry said once the building is sold, the money earned will go toward the site’s next project.

Sproule said she wants to see the site become developed in the future.

“For that to happen, we have to get the building out of the way,” she said.

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