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Council to help chamber relocate

Mayor Dottie Reeder said Friday that the City Council will help the Greater Seminole Area Chamber of Commerce resolve the matter of its building, which is falling apart.

"We know for sure the chamber needs a building," Reeder said. "The council will assist."

Chamber officials have said its current home, a small wooden building at 8400 113th St. leased from the city for $1 a year, is decaying and isn't worth repairing. They are considering the former library building on Johnson Boulevard as new quarters.

Marjorie Johnson, who owns the former library building, said she would give it to the city for the chamber's use. But some City Council members have rejected the chamber's suggestion that the city spend $80,000 to renovate it.

At the chamber's monthly luncheon meeting Friday, Reeder said: "The majority of the council is committed to assisting the chamber. We will get a chamber building some way."

Chamber member Ken Burke, an administrator with the law firm of DeLoach and Hofstra, said he wanted to point out that the land at 113th Street was donated to the city specifically for the chamber.

"We don't want this to turn out to be an us-versus-them," Burke said. "But it's important to know that this land was donated _ no taxpayer money was used to buy it."

"Personally, I like the location where we are now," said chamber member Allen Anderson, a stockbroker with Raymond James. But the building isn't functional and "the former library is an excellent building," he said. "There are arguments on both sides."

Several chamber members said they plan to show up at the next council meeting Aug. 13 at City Hall, 7464 Ridge Road.

The City Council has scheduled another workshop for Aug. 14.