City negotiates for Roseburg building

By Russell Hood
The Webster Progress-Times

Eupora leaders have taken the first step toward the possible donation of the Roseburg building to the city.

The Board of Aldermen, during a special-called meeting April 21, voted to hire Calvert-Spradling to prepare an engineering report on the vacant building in Industrial Park. Roseburg Forest Products is to reimburse the city for the cost.

Eupora is negotiating with Roseburg to have the building donated to the city, according to Mayor Dan Burchfield. When the board met in executive session April 6 to discuss economic development matters, Roseburg was listed as part of that agenda item.

Roseburg closed its wood panel cut-to-size operation here in May 2009. The Eupora mill was among six that Georgia-Pacific sold in 2006 to Roseburg.

City’s 125th birthday plans
Also last week, the board approved an emergency purchase for the Street Department. The $1,476 purchase is for a half-inch thick metal plate from White’s Welding to repair a damaged culvert on Whitt Extended.

The board approved a concession stand contract agreement with Diane Tomlinson that runs from Friday through Dec. 31. Her bid of $150 to provide concession operations at Gary Park was the higher of two received April 6.

Aldermen continued to make plans for a celebration of the 125th anniversary of the city’s incorporation, both of which will be May 14. The mayor and three board members previously discussed the matter during another special meeting April 13.

Aldermen have decided to change the location for the afternoon celebration from the Community Center to the Depot Park. They scheduled a lunchtime work session for today to continue planning, and the matter will also be on the agenda of Monday’s regular board meeting.

A blight hearing for Robert Daniels, Antoinette Goins and George Marshall will be at 5 p.m. Monday in the boardroom