Thursday, October 28, 2010

County Gives Old Senior Center To Magdalena

By John Larson

MAGDALENA - The former Magdalena Senior Center building on Spruce Street may soon be property of the village. According to Magdalena Village Clerk Rita Broaddus the Socorro County government has offered to give the building to the village.
“The county has decided to give us the building if we decide to accept it,” Broaddus told the Village Board at its Monday night meeting. “We told them we are interested.”
Broaddus said the offer was confirmed in an email from County Manager Delilah Walsh.
“I emailed her to inquire about the offer, and she emailed me back saying that all they needed to do was execute the deed,” she said. “It looks like they are just going to give us the building.”
Broaddus said she understood the County Commission might finalize the transfer at its November 9 meeting. “I thought it may be a good idea for the trustees to attend that meeting,” she said.
County Manager Delilah Walsh, in her report to the County Commission Tuesday, said she contacted Broaddus to get a firm answer “by the end of November so we can move forward with transferring or listing the building for sale.”
What the village plans to do with the property has not been decided, but Broaddus said it would probably be utilized as a multi-purpose building.
“It may be the place for the Youth Council for meetings and activities, and be rented out for private events,” Broaddus said. “The mayor and the Board will be the ones making those decisions.”
Originally a church, the building has been vacant since June 2007.
In other business:
The Board approved a request by Donna Dawson to apply for a grant through the state’s EMS and the New Mexico Department of Health to purchase a new ambulance. She said the cost would be about $150,000, with the Village being responsible for 25 percent in matching funds.
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7 comments:

  1. Really? They gave us the old Senior Center? Fine, but has anybody checked to see if it has asbestos, for example? Did an engineer give a report?

    And by the way, how is the old Indian School asbestos cleanup going?

    James Cherry,
    Magdalena

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