Council approves CCUD building purchase

January 21, 2015

By Christina Corrales-Toy

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UPDATED — 1:20 p.m. Jan. 22, 2015

The Newcastle City Council officially authorized City Manager Rob Wyman to go ahead with the controversial purchase of a Coal Creek Utility District-owned building at Tuesday’s regular meeting.

Under the terms of the agreement, the city will pay $250,000 for the 129th Avenue Southeast building appraised at about $750,000. In addition, the city will agree not to assume the utility for the next 10 years.

The building would serve as a place to store and work on the city’s public works vehicles, which are currently parked at City Hall. It could also potentially house a future Newcastle history museum, Mayor Steve Buri said.

It again came down to a 4-3 vote, with Deputy Mayor John Drescher, Councilman Gordon Bisset and Councilman Rich Crispo dissenting.

Prior to the vote, in a stunning reunion of public servants, four former Newcastle City Council members, including two former mayors, used the public comment period to urge a no vote on the purchase of the building. Council members Sonny Putter, Bill Erxleben, Jean Garber and Claudia Hirschey all spoke.

We will have a full story, including council members’ comments from the meeting, in the Feb. 6 Newcastle News. Our original story on the controversial purchase can be found here.

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