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Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 2, 2014

Wayland may purchase church building

By Trisha Phelps | Dec 06, 2013

WAYLAND – In the wake of the Wayland United Methodist Church closing its doors this summer, the Wayland City Council is looking into whether or not purchasing the building would be a good idea.
The church, located on Pearl Street, is not currently for sale; however, city officials would like to be prepared to make an offer or purchase the building when it comes on the market.
While the council has not yet decided what price point they are looking at for the building, it wants to figure out what to do with the building if it is purchased by the city.
“I just wonder what are you going to do with it if we purchase it?” asked Councilwoman Melinda Ullery. “Are you going to use it as a museum or what?”
“It would work for a museum,” said Mayor Brad Roth. “It has a flat floor, so it could work for a museum.”
While using the former church as a museum seemed to be the popular idea at last night’s council meeting, a few city officials had other ideas.
“We could possibly turn it into a youth center, farmers market or a cultural center,” said City Clerk Bev Conrad. “Maybe I could put a survey on the city website to see what people’s thoughts are on what should be in there or if they have another idea.”
“That would be good,” agreed councilwoman Karole Miller. “People would have input and then they would have some interest in it if the sale went though.”
In unfinished business, the council members had the final reading for an ordinance amending the city of Wayland’s school stop sections of the municipal code.
The purpose of the ordinance is to establish a school zone and to provide certain regulations therefore, according to documents from city hall.
The ordinance states that the WACO Community School District may erect a roll-out or mounted stop sign at the intersection of Highway 78 and Washington Street in Wayland and crosswalk areas shall be established by painting crosswalk areas at the intersection.
The ordinance further states that the WACO School District assumes all responsibility for the operation of the special traffic control device and the school may be required to reimburse the city all or any part of the costs for electricity, maintenance and replacements for the traffic control device.
The Wayland Economic Development Corporation submitted an update to the council on the revolving fund loan.
According to the update, there is $75,000 in the fund. To date there have been no applications submitted and approved. The corporation markets the availability of the fund through the Mt. Pleasant Area Development Commission, the Henry County Revolving Loan Fund and local financial institutions.
The council also:
• Set a public hearing date of Dec. 18 for the comprehensive plan approval.
• Approved a building permit at the 400 block of West Main Street.
•Approved purchasing a hand-held police radar using the STEP grant money.
The next Wayland City Council meeting will be Dec. 18, at 7:30 p.m. in Wayland City Hall.

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