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Petersburg residents at meeting favor village ownership of building

Planning Committee members Jonathan Temme and Tina Stokes listen to comments during the public meeting in Petersburg Monday night.
Petersburg residents indicated with a show of hands Monday night, Feb. 24, they want the village to pursue ownership and redevelopment of the existing Boone Central Middle School in Petersburg.
The consensus vote came with some qualifications, however.
Petersburg residents indicated they favored Option A, which would include demolition and removal of the three-story brick classroom building on the Petersburg campus while other parts of the school remain intact. This would include the gymnasium and locker rooms, cafeteria, lunchroom and kitchen, weight room and music room, and the portion known as the 1997 addition to the west of the gym.
Once ownership was transferred, the community would then be responsible for “closing the holes” and all other renovation in the remaining structure.
The building planning committee had suggested this as their favored option.
Option B was village ownership with demolition and removal of both the three-story building and the 1997 addition, leaving only the gymnasium, kitchen and south portion of that structure.
Option C was to “just walk away” and have no community ownership of the building.
Full story in the Feb. 26 Petersburg Press and Albion News, print and e-editions.