By Jeremy Elrod
The old gym in Colbert has proven to be a financial burden to heat and maintain during the winter months, driving the council to discuss the building’s long-term use.
“The cost of heating the old gym in the wintertime is expensive, and isn’t worth what little use we get out of it,” said Mayor Chris Peck at the Colbert council’s Nov. 4 meeting. “That’s one of the primary reason’s the county turned it over to us in the first place, was because it was basically a money pit.”
He said the council needed to determine a long-term solution.
“Do we want to tear it down, try to sell it or even try to swap it out with the fire department for their building?” asked Peck. “I’m just asking for some ideas and thoughts on what we could potentially do.”
Council member Roger Fortson offered a suggestion.
“I would like to someday see a big, nice fire department with maybe an EMT addition added to it for ambulances like they have in other parts of the county,” said Fortson.
Evelyn Powers listed her ideas on the use of the building.
“If it’s not serving us or the town for any purpose, I would like to see if something could be worked out with the fire department if they’re interested in it,” she said. “I think that would be more of an asset to the community than the gym would be just sitting there.”