Posted 2/09/16 (Tue)
By Cecile Krimm
The leadership of BNC National Bank in Crosby is not ready to comment, but the Crosby City Council is poised to take a closer look at the bank building as the potential site of a new city hall.
Council members discussed the building as a possible city hall site at a council meeting held last week.
Mayor Bert Anderson said BNC is working on a purchase agreement on a property that would allow them to have a drive through.
Bank leaders in Bismarck declined, through Crosby Bank Manager Shonna Schroeder, to discuss the possible deal or identify the location under negotiation.
Based on his knowledge of the possible bank move, Anderson asked council members whether BNC’s current space might be appropriate for a city hall.
Council members noted that previously, BNC had offered the city the building at no cost, but it’s unknown whether they would still do so. At that time, BNC was interested in the Farmers State Bank building, which was later sold to TS Bank for a Bank of Tioga branch.
There was discussion about the condition of the building at that time. For sure, said Anderson, it would need a new roof.
“I think it would need a lot more looking into,” said Councilman Troy Vassen.
While the location is great, said Vassen, other members of the council at that time did not seriously consider the BNC property as an option.
Anderson said removing the teller line would create a large area for a meeting space. Currently the council meets in the basement of the hospital, in the Torgeson Family Learning Center.
While that venue is nice, said Anderson, it wold be more convenient for the auditor to have access to all of her records at city hall when the council is in session.
Councilman Bryan Haugenoe asked why the city isn’t looking at renovating its existing space.
One problem, said Councilman Doug Anderson, was identified the last time the boiler inspector made his rounds.
“He said that one is on its last legs, so at some point we’re going to have to replace the heating system there,” said Councilman Anderson.
Another problem, said the mayor, is that the existing city hall has an eight-inch water main with only some solder holding back a deluge that could cause wide damage.
“You could have that one break and you could have thousands of gallons very, very fast,” he said. “So that is something we do have to address no matter what.”
No concensus was reached about how to proceed except to take a closer look at the BNC building, if it is offered.