TAMPICO – The Tampico village board will start discussing what to do with its current Village Hall tonight.
The village will move its administrative offices to the former Tampico Elementary School building, 202 W. Second St., and the Village Council is scheduled to discuss future uses of its current Village Hall during its meeting tonight.
The village took ownership of the school building Oct. 4 from the Prophetstown-Lyndon-Tampico school district, which built a new elementary school.
Because it was an intergovernmental transfer, the village didn’t pay for the building, but did give the school district $5,000 for some equipment, including kitchen appliances and air conditioning, that it didn’t keep, Tampico Mayor Kristine Hill said before the transfer.
Mary Sigel, Tampico commissioner of streets and public improvements, said she would like to see the village sell the building, rather than keep it and try to develop something.
There have been a few options discussed, including possibly having a state or federal representative use the building, Sigel said, but nothing yet has been finalized.
Toby Johnson, Tampico commissioner for accounts and finance, said he would be in favor of looking at community uses first.
“We’d like it to continue to serve the community in some way,” he said. “We’d like to see local organizations or clubs use it, possibly. If that isn’t possible, we’d potentially look to sell.”
There is no timeline for the move to the new Village Hall, which will eventually house the administrative offices and police station, Johnson said.
Hill told Sauk Valley Media earlier this month that the village will also seek grants to pay for the move.
The Tampico Village Council meets at 7 p.m. today at the Village Hall, 104 W. Market St.
Call 815-438-2505 or go to www.TampicoIL.com for more information or an agenda.