City may take ownership of Senior Center

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record
The City of Aledo is considering taking over sole ownership of the Mercer County Senior Citizens Center

The Aledo City Council voted Monday (Nov. 16) to repair the Mercer County Senior Center roof with $84,446 in TIF money and is considering taking sole ownership of the building after both the county and township indicated their intention to turn over their interest.

The City currently has a shared interest with the county and township, but concerns from council members over ownership were discussed before approving the costly roof replacement. The council clarified with City Attorney Mark Walton that if for some reason they do not accept sole interest in the building, the roof fix will be divided among the three shareholders.

The ongoing talks of transitioning ownership began last winter after an emergency roof repair, according to Mayor Chris Hagloch.

“My intention has always been to take control of the property, find a place for the seniors to still have their facility, maybe in a smaller area, and then possibly market the property to someone else for purchase,” Hagloch said.

He said they did not yet have a buyer, or an alternate facility for seniors. The need was assessed by Klingner & Associates, P.C. with a Visual Structural and Architectural Evaluation of the building. The roofing bid was awarded to R.A. Oldeen, Inc. of Kewanee.

“You received resolutions from the township and from the county offering to transfer their interest in the property to the City of Aledo," said City Administrator Robert Mahrt. "We would do that by deed. We have not prepared the deed nor have we accepted the deed.”

The matter will be on the agenda for a vote at the next meeting.