Council seeks loan to buy church property

The Camp Verde Town Council will meet this evening in the council chambers at 473 S. Main St., Room 106, to discuss the borrowing of no more than $2.15 million for the purchase of the First Baptist Church property.

It is the towns desire to purchase the property for a new marshal’s office.

The resolution the council will consider would permit the acceptance of a loan from the Greater Arizona Development Authority along with setting the repayment details and also declaring the loan an emergency so the transaction can take place as soon as possible.

The council will also address the following:

• Consider approval of payment of $23,636.72 to the law firm of Lewis & Roca for legal services associated with the termination of former town marshal John Wishmeyer.

• Consider awarding a bid for the installation of a new heating and cooling system for the Camp Verde Historical Society. The estimated cost of the system is $7,834.

• Consider approving the submission of an application for State Land Improvements Funds to purchase property adjacent to Black Bridge for the installation of park facilities.

• Give direction to staff concerning the town ordinance related to temporary signs. Town Section 118 currently forbids the display of temporary political signs adjacent to the roadway within the town limits.

• Possible ratification of additional costs related to what is known as the Eagle Scout Ramada located behind the Community Center on Hollamon Street. The council will also consider the approval of additional funding to complete the project. Money for the project comes from the Parks Contingency Fund.

• Town Manager Bill Lee will seek direction from council in regards to the current negotiations to purchase Rio Verde Plaza located at 497 S. Main St. The property is part of the Town's Facilities Master Plan. The property is needed to expand the current town offices. The council may vote to go into executive session for discussions or consultations with designated representatives in order to instruct the town’s representatives regarding the negotiations.

• The council will also consider authorizing the transfer of the title of the Prescott Area Narcotics Taskforce vehicle to the City of Sedona.

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