County happy to have Annex sold

The Piatt County Board on Friday (Feb. 22) sold its annex building to a local businessman.

The 14,000-square-foot annex, empty since several county offices moved to the former Kirby Hospital site a year ago, was sold for $70,000 to Chris Dick of DeLand, the owner of Illini Overhead Doors in Monticello.

Dick said he hopes to move his current office and four-employees to the annex by the end of March.

“It will give me more room, better office space, and it’s a little cleaner space,” said Dick, one of four bidders.

The county last June tried to sell the property near the downtown business district by public auction, but was unable to get its minimum bid of $90,000. The county board decided last month to take sealed bids, which last Friday ranged from $1,000 to the $70,000 submitted by Dick.

Board members voted 5-1 to approve the bid. Thomas Dobson was the dissenter, saying he voted ‘no’ because he felt the property “was worth more than that.”

An appraisal obtained last year pegged the property’s value at $160,000.

County Board President John Lyons said he is happy the building will be used.

“I ‘m glad it sold. I think it went to a very good person, and think it will be good for the community and Piatt County.”

Closing costs will be split between the county and Dick, who has owned Illini Overhead Door since 2000. He said there is a possibility he will rent out some of the space in the annex to other businesses.

Opposing transmission line
Board members also voted to oppose the locating of any of Ameren’s 330-mile-long Illinois Rivers Project high-voltage transmission line in Piatt County. The power line scheduled to be built from the east to west part of the state is not currently scheduled to go through Piatt County, but the board reacted to Moultrie County farmers who want it re-routed.

“Six Moultrie County landowners have filed objections to Ameren’s proposed primary and alternative routes through Moultrie County, and suggest to Ameren that the high-voltage transmission line be re-routed through Piatt County,” said Piatt County State’s Attorney Dana Rhoades.

“The Piatt County Board passed this resolution to express to Ameren its objections to the high voltage transmission line being re-routed through Piatt County,” added Rhoades.

Ameren says it needs the new transmission line to meet present and future growth in its service area, and to have better backup in case of power outages. The company hopes to complete the project in 2016.

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