City paying $3,000 monthly to rent garage

August 06, 2004|LIZ MAPLES

Danville has rearranged.

The salt spreaders, front loaders, cemetery files and all of the public works supervisors have moved into a garage on Third Street that rents for $3,000 a month.

The city has turned away a local food bank that asked to use the empty Save-A-Lot building because there are plans to put the police department in it temporarily.

Consultants have told the city commissioners that its buildings are maintenance nightmares. Commissioners have had workshops where they agreed to consider:


* Knocking down city hall and the old Save-A-Lot to build a municipal complex for city offices and the police department.

* Renovating the public works garage and the cemetery office at Bellevue.

* Renovating the fire department on Hustonville Road for the communications office.

City commissioners voted to rent the garage on Third Street to alleviate equipment crowding in the public works garage the city owns on Second Street. The newly rented space is 30,000-square-feet in the Boyle Industrial Storage Complex owned by Mike Montgomery, a local developer.

The lease is for six months with an option to renew for another six months.

Cemetery office is inside the garage

Residents have had problems finding the cemetery office inside the garage.

There is a sign with the Third Street address posted on the door of the Bellevue building, but no address numbers on the garage.

Made aware of that problem, City Manager Darrell Blenniss walked downstairs to the city engineer's office and asked that numbers be put on the building.

Having all of public works under one roof has been efficient, Blenniss said.

There is more storage space, but less office space. Three supervisors share one office. The cemetery staff is in another office that is not marked as the cemetery office.

Moving the cemetery staff and the files was a safety issue, Blenniss said. The building out at the cemetery is not structurally sound.

"We'd rather not chance anything," Blenniss said.

Workers at the cemetery still use the office.

"It's just a really, really old building," he said. "The commission might decide to tear the building out and use it for plots. From an operations standpoint we think it's efficient to have the cemetery staff in the same building."

Blenniss said that commissioners haven't voted on a final plan for any of the city buildings. But, he said, in the meantime the city needs space.

"We're working on a plan," Blenniss said.

The city plans to put the police in the old Save-A-Lot building until a new station and city hall can be financed. He said that the price of renovating city hall and building a police station is nearly the same as building an entirely new complex.

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