ROANOKE - The village board is continuing work to create a plan to move out of a flood plain on the south end of town, but has not yet resolved how to fund such a move. Its municipal building, which also houses the ambulance; the maintenance department, which houses village maintenance and equipment and the former water plant, which still houses generators and certain controls, are all located within the flood plain.
When nearby Panther Creek threatens to flood, officials are forced to move everything they can that might be breeched by the rising water. As a result, the village has been discussing plans to at least build a new maintenance building on the grounds with the new water plant.
At Monday evening's meeting, the board looked at preliminary estimates for a new building, which raised a few eyebrows. One, courtesy of the Farnsworth Group, detailed a price tag of $1.4 million.
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“We’d like to get about half the cost of the new building,” board president Mike Smith said.
One idea to aid in the finance it is to sell the old ones, except for the old water plant.
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