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City Of Glenwood Buying Former LDS Church Building

By Joe Foreman, Editor

The city council has given its approval for the city of Glenwood to purchase the former Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints building on the northeast corner of the intersection of Sharp and Vine St.

    The council approved the purchase at a cost of $85,000 following a public hearing on the matter Tuesday, Nov. 8. The city’s intent is to remodel the structure and relocate its existing city offices, council chamber, police department and Glenwood Municipal Utilities office to the building. Brian Kissel, the city’s director of finance, said an invitation  will also be extended to the Glenwood Area Chamber of Commerce to house its office in the building  rent-free.
    The city plans to finance the purchase through a loan to be repaid from its general fund over a two-year period. Funds generated by the sale of the existing City Hall building at 107 S. Locust St. would be earmarked for the new building as well.
    The city is expecting to spend over $200,000 in remodeling costs on the former LDS church building before having it occupied in 2012.