Contract “Not a Done Deal” 16 May 17

With officials on both sides of the story saying it’s “not a done deal,” a potential contract for space at the former Thief River Falls City Auditorium is expected to go from the hands of County Attorney Alan Rogalla to City Attorney Delray Sparby this week.

Pennington County Auditor/Treasurer, Ken Olson, says the contract was initiated by discussions between Thief River Falls Electric Superintendent Dale Narlock and County Commissioners; outlining a $25,000 annual lease for 2,400 square feet in the former City Auditorium, which became the property of the county during a land-swap for Oakland Park in 2005. 

For all of that, the deal is not on the official public agenda at tonight’s City Council Meeting, with Mayor Brian Holmer telling our News Room the City Auditorium and the former HDR Building next to the Fire Hall are only two of several possibilities to relocate Electric Department staff, under orders to vacate the current Municipal Services Building before July 31st – to clear the way for a potential expansion at Digi-Key.