The Wilson Center is For Sale
photos by Maralyn Fink

This is your chance to own a one of kind historic building near downtown St. Johns. Have a dream for it? Don’t Wait! Your offer must be in by March 3.

Sealed bids will be accepted by the Board of Education for the sale of the Wilson Center, originally Rodney B. Wilson High School, consisting of an approximately 97,000 square foot school building, an approximately 3,000 square foot modular building and parking lot on approximately 3.22 acres located at 101 W. Cass Street in the City of St. Johns, Clinton County, Michigan. The minimum bid is $25,000

The School District is interested in preserving the historical presence of the building along with the gymnasium and auditorium for community use.

The conditions of bid are:

1. Bids must be received for the Property at the District’s administrative offices on or
before 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 3, 2020, at 501 West Sickles Street, St. Johns, Michigan 48879-
2173, at which time the bids will be opened and read.

2. A certified or cashier’s check in the amount of $10,000.00 shall accompany any bid and shall be forfeited as liquidated damages if the bidder enters into the Purchase Agreement and fails to purchase the Property. The deposit amount will be credited to the purchase price at closing of the sale of the Property to the successful bidder. The deposit amount will be returned to all unsuccessful bidders within five days from the date that the District has accepted entered into a Purchase Agreement for the Property.

3. The District will retain possession of the Property at least until July 1, 2020.

4. A walk through inspection of the property, including the building, can be scheduled
by appointment. Please contact Kelly Corbett, CPA, CFO, Director of Business and Finance at
(989) 227-4016, during regular business hours.

5. The minimum bid for the Property is $25,000.00.

Rotary Club hears about Public Safety Radio project

by Maralyn Fink

On Tuesday I attended The St. Johns Rotary Club luncheon on Clinton County Public Safety Radio Project on the Millage Proposal for our County. This was held at Clinton Commons dining area. The meeting was well attended by all agencies dealing with emergency situations.

The guest speaker was Christine Collom, Director of our Clinton County 911. She spoke to the group about the millage that will be voted on March 10.

New communication technology will be needed in order for Clinton County to tie in with the State system, which most every town around the area is already on. The new millage will only cost each household an average of $27 per year more than they are paying now.

City discusses underground tank issues

The building that currently houses the City’s Fire Department and Parks and Recreation Department was formerly a gas station. The gas station ceased operations in 1979 and was later sold to the City of St. Johns.

A number of underground tanks were removed from the site more than 30 years ago at a time that there were no government regulations regarding removal or potential ground contamination.

Recent complaints of odors in the vicinity of the building prompted the City to take a proactive stance and investigate the site for any additional underground tanks on site that could be leaking.

A ground sonar investigation located one tank at the rear of the building. This tank turned out to be a 500-gallon fuel oil tank that was used for heating the building in the past. When abandoned years ago, the tank had been appropriately filled with water. The tank was recently removed and found to be in good shape.

Once the tank was discovered, the matter was reported to the State of Michigan and proper permits were obtained so that remedial action could take place.

Exploratory digging to the West of the building discovered where the original fuel tanks had been removed but also showed evidence of fuel leakage sometime in the past.

Contaminated soils were then removed and disposed of in accordance State regulations. The excavation site is now in the process of being backfilled and restored.

None of the findings related to underground contamination posed a health or safety threat for the occupants of the surrounding buildings or the general public, nor were operations at the Fire Department and Recreation Department negatively affected during testing, excavation and restoration.

At this time the City is waiting for final reports and test results from the contractor hired to abate the problem so that final approvals and disposition can be obtained from the State of Michigan and to determine whether or not further testing or excavation will be needed.

One positive thing related to the excavation work is that the finish grade of the surrounding grounds can now be completed in accordance to the City’s future plan to expand and reconfigure the public parking areas surrounding and behind the building.

Band fundraiser at success
by Maralyn Fink

On Tuesday evening I attended the fundraiser for the St. Johns High School Band at St. Johns Big Boy. This fundraiser was to raise money toward a new large trailer to haul instruments and equipment.

There was a very large turnout for the event, and Big Boy donated 20% of sales toward it.

Guest servers from the Community served as waiter and waitresses for the evening including band director Roy Davis Jr.

It was great to see the turnout to help in purchasing the much needed equipment. Thanks to everyone who came out to help. Donations can still be given to the Band Boosters.

Lenten Fish Fries begin February 28

The annual Knights of Columbus Lenten Fish Fry will be offered beginning February 28. Subsequent dinners will be held on March 6, 13, 20, 27 and April 3.

There will be Baked and Fried Fish with all the fixings available for $12. The public is welcome from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Take Outs available (989) 224-1225. Columbian Hall 1108 N. US-27 in St. Johns.

SJHS Theatre students compete at State finals

Congratulations go out to St. Johns High School Theatre students. The Book of Everything took 2nd place in Division 2. Anna and August won the Student Choice Award for Studio.

They also won a little something called The Golden Truck for the best load-in and load-out.