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Posted: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 12:00 am

The city of Galt could decide tonight to spend up to $20,000 to demolish a dilapidated downtown structure that has been falling into disrepair for years.

Costs to fix up the vacant Jaycees Hall have proven to be too high, according to city staff.

Last year, The Gathering Place church showed interest in rehabilitating the building at 405 5th St. so that it could serve as a community center. But that was prior to a roof report in January that found an estimated $25,000 in structural upgrades are needed.

The city is concerned that, if left unattended, the property will fall into further disrepair. It is, however, willing to solicit interest from other community organizations able to pay for the upgrades.

The building was at the center of a costly lawsuit between the city and the now-defunct Boys and Girls Club of Galt. It was ultimately purchased by the city for $40,000 in 2010, but there has not been money available to rehabilitate the building.

Previously, the property served as a meeting hall for the Jaycees organization, but was vacant and boarded up for a time before being purchased for the Boys and Girls Club.

It was built in the 1950s and originally used as a women's auxiliary hall.

In other action tonight, council members are expected to:

  • Adopt an ordinance increasing the number of Planning Commission members from five to seven.
  • Receive a report from Mayor Marylou Powers regarding the city's strategic plan.

The Galt City Council meets at 7 p.m. today in the city council chambers at City Hall, 380 Civic Drive, Galt.

Contact reporter Jennifer Bonnett at jenniferb@lodinews.com.

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