Sidney board considering office space

Sidney board considering office space

SIDNEY — Board members are weighing options for creating new office space.

The board's monthly meeting convened a half-hour early this week so that CIBM Bank's Jim Singleton could answer questions as members toured the empty building where Central Illinois Bank closed a branch last March.

The building, at 219 S. David St., is next door to the community building that now houses the village offices and the Sidney Community Library.

Later, during the meeting, Village President Chuck White said the bank will be accepting bids on the building until June 9.

White suggested putting offices for the village clerk, village treasurer and village president in the building. He proposed renovations that might include tearing out one of the existing five offices and expanding the kitchen area, as well as removing the walls and counter in the front of the building to make room for a meeting area.

The library is relocating to a former grocery store at 217 S. David St., which has about six times as much space as the portion of the community building that it's now occupying.

"Personally, I think we'd be ahead (by buying the bank building)," White said. "We seriously need to do something with this building once the library moves out. It (the bank building) was available, and I thought it would be a great upgrade for us."

Keith Kropp, owner of downtown business Redneck Apparel Co., told the board that he is also interested in the building. Kropp said he wouldn't be interested in buying the community building.

"I could walk in there (the bank building) and do my business now," he said.

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