GILMAN — The Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department board on Tuesday canceled a meeting it had scheduled for tonight (Wednesday, April 30) to discuss concerns about last week’s decision to sell the to-be-dissolved agency’s two buildings and their contents through an auction.
Following a 35-minute closed session on April 21, the board voted 4-1, with Ted Jensen of Piper City in dissent, to approve selling the Watseka office building and Paxton office building and their respective contents at a public auction to be held “as close as possible” to the first week of June. The board also agreed that Rosenbaum Realty Inc. will serve as auctioneer.
A day later, the board’s president, Dr. Kevin Brucker of Gibson City, signed a contract with Rosenbaum Realty, according to Rod Copas, the Iroquois County Board’s chairman who also serves on the board of health.
However, on April 23, Ford County Board Chairman Rick Bowen and an attorney representing Ford County, Deanna Mool, raised concerns about the plan.
“It’s just different from what Deanna thought was going to happen,” Bowen said Monday. “I thought there was an understanding that the topic was going to be debated and discussed later, instead of voted on to have the property sold through auction (last week).
“So there just needs to be a bit more discussion about how the separation of property and real estate is going to happen.”
Bowen said Mool was working on an alternative proposal to have the property sold in preparation for dividing the bi-county agency’s assets between Ford and Iroquois counties.
However, on Tuesday, Copas said he was notified that Ford County officials had accepted the original plan, and the special meeting scheduled to discuss the matter has been canceled.