OSAWATOMIE — City Council members plan to discuss the fate of city-owned grocery store equipment and a proposal to lengthen the number of days fireworks can be purchased and discharged during its 6:30 p.m. meeting Wednesday, June 26, at Memorial Hall.
The council moved the meeting up one day to Wednesday, because the Lights on the Lake parade will take place on what would have been the normal meeting date Thursday, June 27.
Equip-Bid.com, an online auctioneering company, is purchasing the building on Sixth Street that formerly housed Ron’s Country Market, which closed its doors in 2017. The company was to close on the building Monday, June 24, with First Option Bank, City Manager Don Cawby said Monday.
Andy O’Hanlon, owner of Equip-Bid.com, told Council members at their Thursday, June 13, meeting he would like to sell the city’s grocery equipment for a 25 percent commission, which he said was his standard rate.
The community has been without a grocery store since Ron’s Country Market closed its doors in 2017. Much of the equipment, valued at $400,000, was almost brand new, and the city purchased the equipment through a lease-purchase agreement with First Option Bank for a reduced cost of $150,000 in the hopes of bringing another grocery store to town.
Cawby said council members on Wednesday will discuss whether to sell the equipment or keep it. Cawby said the agreement with the bank called for the city to receive 60 days notice to remove the equipment. Cawby was hopeful Equip-Bid would agree to those terms, if the city opts not to sell the equipment through his online auction service.
Fireworks currently can be purchased and discharged from June 29 through July 4. Council members will consider a proposal from two fireworks vendors to extend that window from June 29 through July 6.
City Manager Don Cawby said he has received several calls from people who would actually like to cut the number of days fireworks are allowed, rather than lengthen it.
If the council approves an ordinance to change the schedule, it would not go into effect until July 3, after it is published in the official city newspaper The Miami County Republic.
“Any change in the schedule could not impact the start date (June 29) this year, because the ordinance would not go into effect until July 3,” Cawby said.