Old St. Bonifacius City Hall listed for sale

By Lorrie Ham

In its first meeting of the new year, the St. Boni City Council handled a slate of annual appointments and personnel matters on Tuesday, Jan. 7.
Mayor Rick Weible reported that the old city hall property, currently used as a community center, has been listed for sale at a price of $75,000. Per council direction in December, the property will be listed at that price through April. Realtor Jeff Thompson of Coldwell Banker is handling the matter.
Whatever proceeds the city gets from the sale will go toward the new community center. Plans are underway to renovate the former public works garage adjacent to city hall into a new community center.
“Progress is starting to happen,” said Weible regarding the property listing. “It will be interesting to see what kind of activity we see.”
In other business, the council approved the hiring of Joan Guthmiller as the next assistant city clerk. Guthmiller, one of 42 applicants for the job, has seven years of city experience with the city of New Germany. She will start work Feb. 10.
The council also accepted the resignation of assistant city clerk Phyllis Bacon effective Feb. 28. Bacon is retiring from the city after nearly 24 years on the job.
“I have greatly enjoyed working for the city … and working with the council, staff and residents of St. Bonifacius,” Bacon said in a letter to the council.
“Phyllis has been great for the city,” said Mayor Weible, who thanked the Administrative Committee for its work in the hiring process. The committee is also currently in the process of hiring a new Public Works Utility Supervisor to replace Richard Meyer, who resigned in December.
In another matter, the council approved sending a follow-up letter from the city to Jason Anderson regarding a lot at 8650 Highway 7. City Clerk Brenda Fisk had received a complaint in regards to sale vehicles being parked on the lot without fencing or lighting. Upon inspection, Fisk verified that vehicles are being parked on the lot.
According to city code, the parking spaces must be paved and cannot exceed 75 percent of the lot, although fencing and lighting are not required. The spaces must also be set back at least 10 feet from the Hillside Avenue property line. Fisk sent a letter to Anderson in December instructing him to follow the required setbacks immediately and submit a parking plan by March 1, including a timeline of paving.
Anderson responded with a letter saying there is no public access to the lot, which was being used to hold inventory prior to sale.
The council agreed with Fisk that vehicles parked on the lot constituted a vehicle sales lot and as such, requires paving. Fisk prepared a follow-up letter to Anderson, restating the requirement to submit a paving plan by March 1. Anderson was invited to be placed on a council agenda for additional consideration if desired, added Fisk.