The first of two public information-gathering workshops on the feasibility study for possible uses of the old Clear Creek School was held Wednesday evening in Buffalo.
The meeting was mostly an overview of what the engineering firm, Nelson Engineering of Jackson and Buffalo, was going to accomplish during the information-gathering meetings and their study of the building itself, in preparation of their final report back to the city later this year.
Most of those attending the meeting, roughly 40 people, had attended similar meetings in the past, and one resident asked what the purpose of these meetings were, if we were “essentially re-inventing the wheel,” or reiterating the same wants and desires for the use of the building from the public.
Mayor Randy Dyess said there were in fact, other meetings similar to these held in the past, but the difference being these current meetings are being held to find estimated costs involved with various use scenarios for the building.
The project goals for Nelson Engineering, as outlined by the city, are (1) to identify the highest and best use for the building, (2) identify the best financial return and highest overall use for the most people in the community, (3) identify the necessary improvements needed to the building, (4) identify the costs involved with those improvements, (5) identify possible funding sources.
Nelson Engineering will compile the information from this week's meetings and return a finished report to the city on June 1st of this year.