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  • County considers building purchase

  • In a rare occurrence, Crawford County Commissioners looked out the window of the commission room on Friday and could see exactly their point of discussion.

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  • In a rare occurrence, Crawford County Commissioners looked out the window of the commission room on Friday and could see exactly their point of discussion.
    Commissioners are pursuing the purchase of the former H&H Agency building on the southeast corner of the Girard town square. Friday, County Counselor Jim Emerson sought commissioner approval to move ahead on the next legal steps to finalize the deal.
    “We’re to the point where I need your authorization to go forward on the paperwork and title insurance,” Emerson said. “I need the finalizing authority. We also need to start working with the owner on the time and the contract on when they’re going to get out.”
    Emerson said after the meeting that there is a simple reason for the commission’s pursuit of the building.
    “It’s for office space. We’re out of room at the courthouse,” Emerson said. “I know of at least one that I know whe need to make a home for. It’ll give us some options for probably two to three people if we need to.”
    Commissioner Carl Wood asked if the owner of the building would be leaving any items in the property, such as desks, dividers, and filing cabinets.
    “We want to have them,” Wood said.
    Other commissioners said that the space is greatly needed, and once purchased, it will be put to immediate use.
    “We sure want to get started on it, because I’m sure they want to get [Emergency Manager] Eldon [Bedene]’s stuff out of there,” said Commissioner Bob Kmiec.
    In other action, the commission received the February Clerk’s Report.
    “You would assume it’s down quite a bit from January. That’s because that’s a month where we pay a lot of annual payments that are required. Insurance being one of them,” said County Clerk Don Pyle.
    Commissioners also noted an increase in health insurance claims.
    “Last month was heavy. A lot of times, we do get heavy because we’re paying bills from December and November that people get before the end of the year,” Pyle said.
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