By Jill Richardson
Kuna Melba News reporter
The City of Melba currently owns four properties within the city limits.
These properties are located at 208 3rd St., 202 3rd St., 105 4th St. and a small strip of property on the southeast corner of Broadway and 3rd St.
208 3rd St., better known as the Quik Stop, is scheduled to have the electrical updated to current Idaho code at a cost of about $3,850.
After the update of electrical, the city can begin to plan for the uses of the building.
Several ideas have been brought to the council, from starting a Subway to a carpet store or leaving it as one large building or dividing it into smaller business areas.
202 3rd St., or often known as the Agenbroad house, is in even more serious disrepair with the outside of the roof and walls being the only things currently in decent shape on the approximately 1,000 square foot building, according to City Public Works Officer Dennis Rogers.
Ideas for that property have been tossed around, including using it as a museum, library, non-profit, private business or a substation for Canyon County Sheriff.
“If someone had a solid idea and plan, I would be willing to turn the building over to a business that is going to work, for like a dollar lease or something for a length of time, just to get something going,” said Councilman Chris Hinderliter. “Of course, the business owners would know that money that the business made would have to be invested into fixing the building up.”
Melba City Council did discuss the option of putting the property up for sale, as well, at the December council meeting.
The strip of property adjacent to the Agenbroad house is believed to have diesel tanks buried beneath the ground that once transferred fuel to a warehouse near the property.
Those tanks would have to be removed and the Department of Environmental Quality would have to be involved and approve the removal before any sale of that property could be made.
As for the bare lot at 105 4th St., old Double D Warehouse location, the committee for the Melba Recreations Center asked for the council’s permission to use that lot as a base and reference in all planning for their future needs.
In order to move the project along, the committee needs a more solid plan and location to plan from.
“We ask permission to use that property if the rec center were to come about,” said Councilman and Recreation Center Committee co-chair Cory Dickard. “With the stipulation that if an interested buyer was to come along before we know what our set plans are for the center, the city would obviously sell the property.”
The council approved the request for the committee to use the property for their use in planning and promoting.