Members of Aberdeen's Moose Lodge 1450, on Rogers Street, are looking to move, and the city is among those considering buying their property.
While city officials discuss that potential acquisition, they have also decided to accept the gift of another property that has been offered by the family of a late city councilman to be used for a dog park.
The city council held a closed session Monday to talk about the potential Moose lodge property purchase, but officials wouldn't provide any details. City Manager Doug Miller and Mayor Mike Bennett explained discussions are in the very preliminary stages.
The 1.16-acre property, with the lodge building that dates to about 1950, has been for sale since October, real estate agent Don Curry said. The asking price is $700,000.
Regarding the Moose Lodge, "the goal of the membership is to move location, probably out of the area," Curry said. "They feel membership is more in the Cecil County area."
"I think we will continue to grow, we will continue to flourish," Landbeck said about the city.
Police pay change
The council agreed to return $250,000 to the general fund after the city got a state grant helping to pay for the purchase of three Franklin Street properties.
The council also approved a $29,000 increase to the Capital Projects fund to buy computers for police cars, a purchase Miller said had been overlooked.
A bill that would be taken up at a future council meeting would let Police Chief Henry Trabert alter work periods for his employees, allowing them to potentially work more than 80 hours, especially during an emergency.
Miller said the move complies with the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Also at the work session, Miller said the city hopes to paint the Hillcrest water tower, a project it undertakes every 10 to 15 years.