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Easton council buys building for a buck

By Staff | Apr 25, 2011

It wasn’t on the meeting agenda, but the Faribault County commissioners were more than eager to make a deal on Tuesday.

Three members of the Easton City Council — Brian Sonnek, Gayle Heise and Jeff Linder — appeared before the board and indicated the city was interested in buying the old cafe building on Main Street.

Commissioner Tom Loveall told the council members the county would sell the property since it is in tax-forfeiture.

The price tag — $1.

When the commissioners approved the sale, Sonnek approached Auditor/Treasurer John Thompson and handed him a $1 bill.

“We came prepared, with the money. They told us it could happen,” Sonnek says.

Thompson didn’t give Easton officials a receipt, but told them they should be receiving a deed in about a week.

The City Council has been discussing the past two years what they should do with the empty building.

“It’s not an eyesore yet, but it’s going to be soon,” Sonnek says. “It’s a real safety issue.”

Earlier this month, the council voted to demolish the building.

On the advice of their attorney, Sonnek says the council felt it was best to approach the commissioners.

“We decided if we’re going to wait for the county to do something, it probably won’t happen. At least not real soon,” he says.

Officials aren’t sure, but they believe the property has been vacant about 10 years.

Two signs on front windows of the building still read “Closed” and “For Sale.”

Although they have not gotten an estimate to tear down the building, Sonnek says the cost could be part of a project to repair the water tower this summer.