By Megan Whitworth
Shepherd’s City Council approved to move forward with getting an inspection on the Cantu Building, located at 16 and 28 N. Liberty in Shepherd, during a special meeting on Thursday, Oct. 19 at the Shepherd Community Center.
The Council is looking into purchasing the former doctor’s office but the cost of repairs and a possible mold infestation are putting the Council members on the edge of their seat before voting to approve the matter.
“I’m not really excited about getting an appraisal done on it right now; I’m more anxious to see what the repairs are going to be,” Councilman Mark Porter said. “…At this point, the huge question is what is it going to cost to put it all together?”
Tim Schroeder, owner of Bluejay Pharmacy, addressed the Council about his experience in attempting to purchase the Cantu building a couple of years ago. He said he spent about $6,000-$7,000 in renovations on the clinic. Schroeder said he had the intention of purchasing the building, but “with Harvey coming along, it’s useless to me.
“One, there’s mold in there. So you have to gut the entire building,” he said. “They wanted about $100,000 for me to buy the clinic, and then I was going to have to turn around and spend another $50,000 to renovate the clinic, that includes a new roof which is about $25,000. … Too much money, not worth it.”
Schroeder said the building was appraised for $197,000, but he told the Council he wouldn’t pay more than $20,000 for the building.
The City Council is looking into possibly purchasing the building to consider making space for a museum, space for a meeting room and classrooms, possibly expanding the library and more.
Also during the meeting, the City Council approved Jennifer Green’s request to start a Community Wellness program at the Community Center during the week. The program will include: walking, jogging and Zumba classes. The program will also include a monthly meeting to assist community members with options to check weight, blood pressure, blood sugar levels and more.
Zumba classes are offered Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. by instructor Lucia Rios. Classes will cost $4 per class; $3 will be paid to the instructor and $1 be will going back into the City to help cover costs. The monthly meetings will cost $25; with $20 paid to the instructor and $5 will be given to the City. Green said she will soon start a morning walking class and an evening walking class as well.
“I think this is an awesome idea,” Councilman Charles Minton said. “I think this capitulates what community center means and getting the community help exercising.”