A land swap could help one Lee County community upgrade its facilities.
The Montrose City Council is reaching out to its constituents as it tries to make a couple of big decisions.
Montrose residents are being asked to help the city make a big, financial decision.
The city is interested in purchasing Park Ridge Workshop for $100,000. The three-building complex was previously used for light industrial work.
Mayor Bobby Reid says Montrose owns the land, but an individual owns the buildings.
He says the city could use about 1/3 of the 30,000 square feet of available space for city offices, a maintenance shop and possibly a community center.
The remaining space could be rented out for commercial or industrial use.
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office is ready to provide additional coverage to Montrose on a temporary basis.
The Lee County Board of Supervisors has signed off on a 28E agreement between the county, sheriff’s office and the city for law enforcement services.
The deal runs from March 14, 2012 to March 13, 2013.
Montrose has been without a police chief since Karl Judd resigned to join the Fort Madison Police Department. The city’s two reserve officers also resigned around the same time as Judd.
One local mayor says Lee County would be better off making his community the home of county government.
The Park Ridge Workshop complex in Montrose features more than 30,000 square feet of space.
The price tag for the three steel buildings has been reduced to $385,000.
Mayor Bob Reid says they could house the Lee County Conservation and Health Departments as opposed to a brand new building along Highway 61.
In fact, he says the buildings are large enough to handle all of county government, especially with expansion capabilities.