GIBSON CITY — Council members mostly agreed Monday night on the question of spending city money to repair a vacant downtown building at 107 N. Sangamon Avenue.
The property was the former Loy's Dime Store building and more recently housed Silver Lion Antiques.
The majority agreed with Mayor Dan Dickey that doing nothing could ultimately cost the city more if the property became an eyesore and had to be torn down, which might also involve a lengthy legal battle.
Two votes on the issue were 6-1, with Alderwoman Barb Yergler casting the lone "no" vote both times.
"I don't want to spend money on something that's not ours," she explained after the meeting.
The rest of the council, however, first voted to allow the mayor to sign a repair agreement with property owner Victor Magano so the city could make repairs as the council sees fit.
The second vote approved repairing the roof and covering a missing window for an amount not to exceed $2,500. Superintendent Randy Stauffer said he will contact a local contractor to do the work, assuming the adjacent property owner will agree to allow access.