(04/30/2008)
The old Minnora school building and gym which rests on 3.29 acres has been sold to Bruce Allen Pipeline Company.

The Calhoun County Committee on Aging opened three sealed bids at Monday evening's meeting, the Allen bid was the highest at $50,100.

Allen Pipeline will likely use the property for a shop or for storage for equipment and supplies.

The CCCOA carved off ground to build a new senior center, after purchasing the property from the Calhoun Commission for $50,000 in 2005.

The commission sold the property after the Minnora Community Center gave the property back to the county when they were having problems paying their liability insurance.

The Calhoun Commission had given a 99-year-lease to the community center, but the group, in addition to having financial problems, had an ongoing conflict over who was in charge of running the facility.

The CCCOA had paid $400 a month rent to the Minnora Community Center to operate senior services out of the building.

Ritchie said he had offered to rent the buildings for a community center again for $250 a month, but there was no takers.

Two other bids were opened, one from Sam Jarvis for about $21,000 and one from Larry Cottrell for about $16,000.


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