Circleville Council Discusses Everts School Wing

Circleville Council spent more than two hours Tuesday evening reviewing the situation of the Everts School wing. 

After a short council session with four new members, council met in the "Committee of the Whole" to talk with a group created to make use of the gym, music, and industrial arts wing of the vacated school building. 

Kristen May is the spokesperson for the "Pickaway Arts & Life Center" who would like to repurpose the building - which has been without any utilities for months.  

She said that's a huge concern, especially the condition of the gym floor.  She said it cost more than $100,000 to replace it after a flood years ago. 

Council president David Crawford said the city wasn't sure what to do with the building, and couldn't justify the money to prepare it for the weather. 

But part of the delay is being sure of a financially solid renter, because he said the city could be liable for hundreds of thousands of dollars of grants on a very tight budget. 

Council decided to meet again in a month, in part to look over estimates to restore utilities.  

The "Pickaway Arts & Life Center" has gathered donations and pledges, personnel, and they have reported to council over the last several months. 

Kevin Coleman regularly reports on Chillicothe & Circleville councils and local culture

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