Last month Morenci city council gave the fire department permission to use the former recycling center for a training facility. A few weeks later they’ve received an offer to buy the building.
Ernie Schultz of Morenci offered to pay $30,000 for the vacant building on Baker Street and council is still considering his offer.
“I have no idea if $30,000 is a reasonable offer,” said council member Brenda Spiess. “Before we sell it, I’d like to see a market analysis done.”
Councilor Ron Apger stated his hesitation about the sale, noting that it’s located in a central position.
“Once it’s gone, it’s gone,” he said.
If the City needed extra space in the future, a building would have to be purchased from someone else.
By bringing it back on the tax rolls, the the city would gain about $700 a year, said city administrator/clerk Michael Sessions, plus the sale would increase the general fund by $30,000.
Spiess said she’s undecided about which way to go, but she wants a Realtor to give a market analysis. Sessions said he would make arrangements for that.