Monticello council approves purchase of home
MONTICELLO — Despite reservations from some aldermen, the council voted 5-3 to approve the purchase of a home at 315 E. Center as a site for future expansion of the fire and police station. The proposed purchase price is $90,000.
"That's a lot of money for that little house," said Alderman Lyle Murdock, who cast one of the "no" votes. He said he'd rather look at moving the police station in order to free up space for the fire department.
Kevin Hiller thought the city should have a more formal expansion plan before pulling the trigger on a purchase.
But Tom Reed said the city should lock up the property while it is available. "It could be an opportunity lost," Reed said.
The expansion is needed to accommodate fire equipment that has gotten larger over the years. The department also stores some items outside and at other locations.