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Senior center group meets to decide on city’s offer to sell building for $1



FILE - Erin Goggin and Terry Collins (both seated) discuss city council action on a proposed sale of the Harry J. Olson Center on Jan. 12, 2023 (PHOTO: Brad Williams)

No decision from leaders of a north La Crosse senior center, who have about three weeks to make a decision on whether to accept an offer from the city to purchase the building they operate out of for $1.

The Harry J Olson Senior Center board did get together Wednesday to discuss the offer.

“The way the organization works, the full board has to make hte official decision, and we didn’t have enough board members (Wednesday), so they will be meeting next week,” Terry Collins, the center’s attorney, told WIZM.

About 25 members were present to discuss the offer, according to Collins.

Center members have objected to the city’s conditions for a building sale, which includes veto power over any maintenance projects.

Collins believes the offer approved by the city council last week is assumed to be City Hall’s final offer to sell the building.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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  1. nick

    January 19, 2023 at 7:28 am

    I understand the building needs repairs. The city wants to approve the repairs and the financing of them.
    I have lived in various parts of the country from small towns to large metro areas.
    This city government has no clue when it comes to quality of life issues.
    The center should be owned and maintained by the city and used as a Senior Citizens Center. I could go on about the quality of life issue in this area.

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