CAMANCHE — The future of the Camanche Pharmacy building still sits in limbo after a city council vote this month denied a bid for renovation, bringing progress on the facility to a halt.
The pharmacy’s centralized location offered an area in 2013 to Camanche city officials when they purchased the building to house City Hall, but when three new city council members were elected and took office in 2014, they did not share the same sentiment as the former council.
“I wasn’t on the council when the pharmacy purchase happened. If I was, I probably would have not voted to purchase that building,” councilman Bill Wruck said. “Camanche is a small, simple town. We don’t bring in big industries, we provide homes for people. I just don’t see putting that kind of money into a 30-year-old building when our City Hall is very functional the way it is. It needs work, but I don’t see the point of shoving money into something that’s serving its purpose in our town.”
While Wruck does not support the idea of moving Camanche City Hall to the building on Seventh Avenue, he said he doesn’t see the option being completely thrown off the table just yet.
If it were his choice, he would reassess the current City Hall, see what repairs could be made for a low cost to the city and put the pharmacy building on the market for potential businesses.
“It only employs three people and its managed to function for this long,” he said. “We don’t want it to fall down but I believe a lot of people in the world and in this community work in conditions that are not favorable but they manage to make it work. This is the same thing.”
Councilman Marvin Lind agrees that using viable commercial real estate in Camanche for a new City Hall is out of the question, but he has other ideas on how the city should address the need for a new location.