The Woodhull Village Board will continue to pursue the purchase of the former Wells Fargo building after a community meeting Wednesday (Aug. 30) night.

The Woodhull Village Board will continue to pursue the purchase of the former Wells Fargo building after a community meeting Wednesday (Aug. 30) night.

The board voted in July to make an offer on the building after the bank announced it would close the Woodhull branch in August. The vote resulted in a number of comments from residents, both in favor of and opposed to the purchase.

In view of the interest of village residents, Mayor Dave Holmes and the board determined an informational meeting would be appropriate. Nearly 60 people attend the meeting to ask questions and comment on the matter.

Resident Ray Brown presented the board with a petition signed by more than 40 voters objecting to the purchase of the building.

The board decided to make an offer on the building because the current office space does not allow for four desks and sufficient storage of documents that must be maintained. Some residents felt there is ample village space to add onto the current village office building or find storage at an alternate site.

Resident Scott Garrett pointed out a lot of storage space could be added to the current village building for less than $60,000 — the minimum asking price for the Wells Fargo building — and would eliminate additional costs of maintenance and upkeep of another building.

At least three other entities are interested in the former bank building and many residents felt it would benefit the village to have a business continue at that site.

“Is there any stipulation as to how much the village board can spend without getting voter approval or bring it to the attention of the people/voters?” resident Marty Johnson asked.

Holmes responded that “laws give a limit to what we can do financially, but this figure is within the limits.”

After much more vigorous discussion, the members of the public agreed that the best course of action for the whole community is for the village board to move forward with the purchase of the Wells Fargo Bank building, as well as considering other options presented.