ANDERSON — Madison County plans to auction the old downtown Frisch's restaurant and other surplus property, the Board of County Commissioners decided Tuesday.
County officials acquired the 3,100-square-foot building at 901 Meridian St., across from the Madison County Government Center, about 10 years ago.
Officials originally thought the building might be used as a county government office annex, but those plans never materialized, said county administrator Dan Dykes. A new roof and air conditioning were installed during the county's ownership to fix water leaks and prevent the building from deteriorating.
Two commercial appraisals conducted for the county valued the property at $37,500 and $52,000, respectively.
In addition to the Frisch's building, the county will auction other surplus property such as unused beds and office desks currently in storage at the Madison County Youth Center on Mounds Road. The old beds, about 20 of them, are not compatible with current needs, Dykes said.
Earlier this year, the county bought two buildings at the youth campus for $125,000. At least part of the space will be used for a women's work release program that's scheduled to begin later this year, Dykes said.
He added that county departments heads will be asked if they have surplus equipment that's outdated and no longer needed. No date for the auction was set on Tuesday because the county has to hire a company to conduct it, and legal notice requirements must be met first, according to County Attorney Jim Wilson.
In a related development, the Madison County office of the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service located on the third floor of the government center will likely move in the near future to new offices at the youth center campus.
Dykes said the building under consideration has a large kitchen that can be used for Extension Service programs and education activities. Vacating that space would make it possible for the Madison County prosecutor's office to expand its cramped offices.
No date for that move was set, either, Dykes said.
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