Oglesby hasn’t ruled out the possibility of turning the old Reizner property into a downtown parking lot, but commissioners would like to first put it on the real estate market and get a nibble.
Monday, that proved tricky. Though the agenda called for OK’ing the listing of the property (address: 246 E. Walnut St.) as B-1 downtown commercial property, the motion to even list it died without a second.
The problem seemed to be a lack of consensus on what the city could get for it — Commissioner Tom Argubright seemed skeptical of getting a worthwhile offer — or what to do with it failing a buyer.
A few residents opined it should be a parking lot for the east end businesses. Mayor Dom Rivara and Commissioner Jason Curran said they weren’t opposed to a parking lot, but they wanted to field offers before committing to any specific use.
Rivara acknowledged there isn’t enough on-street parking to go around.
“There are some rental units at that end of town,” Rivara said. “People don’t have a lot of places to park so consequently they park on the streets.”
In other matters:
- Curran announced hydrant flushing would be May 31 to June 3
- Rivara warned dirt bike riders and golf cart drivers without permits “will be ticketed”
- Volunteers still are needed for Oglesby Summer Fun Fest