SALINEVILLE-After discussing it at several recent council meetings, the village council agreed to begin advertising and accepting bids on the long-abandoned Kaiser building Monday.
At a meeting Sept. 9, council announced the owners of Main Street Primitives, Chris and Nikki Lewis, have expressed an interest in relocating their business to the first floor of the Kaiser building.
The Lewis' business recently suffered heavy damage due to a leaking ceiling according to councilman Zeb Locklear.
"We need to get these people moved into this building so they can carry on with their business - we need to get business in this town," said Locklear.
The 5,980 square foot Kaiser building has sat mostly empty since it was donated to the village by Huntington Bank in 2010.
The building briefly housed an internet gaming parlor and a village-run gym which was closed due to liability issues. Exercise equipment left behind from the gym still remains in the building's basement level and it is unclear what will become of it.
Village solicitor Andy Beech has been working to write a notice advertising the property as well as drafting a lease specifying what property is to be leased.
To comply with all legal qualifications, the village must advertise the building once a week for five weeks before accepting bids on the property.
"You're going to put it out for bid and prospective bidders are going to submit bids on how much they're willing to pay and you're going to lease it to the highest bid submitted," said Beech.
The lease will be for only the first floor since other floors in the building are in need of repairs before they can be used.
At the Sept. 9 meeting, council discussed whether or not utilities should be paid for by the village.
"I think if there's nobody else in the building they should at least pay the water and the sewage," said Councilman Rick Beadle.
It was not made clear at Monday's meeting what utilities, if any, will be paid by the village.
Council President Sally Keating said she intends to start running the advertisement in a local paper soon.
In a Sept. 19 article titled "Council reveals gas, oil lease details," it was incorrectly stated that the village would receive $44,145 annually from a lease with Chesapeake LLC. The $44,145 is in fact a one time signing bonus.