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Sonora seeking ideas for former school building

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Open house follows the 6 p.m. meeting Tuesday

By John Friedlein

Sonora residents and others with ideas about how the town should use a former school building are encouraged to attend an open meeting Tuesday.

The city earlier this year agreed to pay the Hardin County school district $43,000 for the former Sonora Elementary School. While officials tentatively refer to it as Sonora Community Center and City Hall, plans are not set in stone.

“We don’t want to make any decision until we get everybody together and see what the community wants to do,” Mayor Larry Copelin said.

Copelin and city commissioners will make the final decision.

The 6 p.m. meeting will be at the school on Broadway. An open house is scheduled for 7 p.m.

“We’d like to have a big turnout,” Copelin said.

City Hall now uses a former PNC Bank building. Copelin said minimizing would mean the city wouldn’t have to pay for utilities and maintenance on multiple buildings.

With the help of jail inmates, the gym and cafeteria were cleaned up. The other part of the building is structurally sound, Copelin said. He doesn’t know what the cost of the renovations will be. Officials first are waiting to see how the building will be used.

Young people have been asked to weigh in on the matter Tuesday, because there are athletic fields and playgrounds on the property.

“There’s a lot of opportunity there,” Copelin said.