South Peace News
Hopes that the owner of the old McLennan Hotel would give the building to the Town of McLennan are dashed.
“It doesn’t seem like he’s interested in giving it to us,” said CAAO Lorraine Willier at council’s Oct. 13 meeting.
“He’d sell it to us.”
The hotel is listed at $85,000 for another four months with the current company.
Council hoped to avert a major disaster by offering a deal to take over the hotel. Council discussed the matter at its Sept. 14 meeting and expressed concern over ongoing vandalism and potential fire at the site.
At the meeting, council heard if the owner does not sell, he has no intentions of paying the property taxes; therefore, it would eventually revert back to the Town.
“If it burns we won’t have a bank or a post office,” said Councillor Dwayne Stout.
“It’d be a major fire,” said Councillor Eckhard Christen.
If the Town does assume eventual ownership of the building, it is their intention to demolish the landmark, then put the land up for sale.
Under current laws through tax recovery, it could take up to five years for the Town to assume legal ownership.