By Larry Kline/Havre Daily Newsfirstname.lastname@example.org
The Heritage Center is going out to bid for a fourth and final time. The Havre City Council voted Tuesday to reject the only bid received in the last round and advertise the historic structure statewide once more.
The lone offer received by the city was a $5,000 bid submitted by Tom and Jamie Lambrecht. They said at a Feb. 14 Finance Committee meeting that they would have to discuss the possibility of bidding again.
At Tuesday's council meeting, council member Pam Hillery asked about the possibility of hiring a real estate agent to market the building out of state.
City Council member Terry Schend said such a process could take months and that the city would be better off attempting the bidding process one more time.
City Council member Tom Farnham said today that the two-week bidding process would begin shortly, after public works director Dave Peterson submitted advertising information to newspapers across the state.
The city used $89,600 from the Community Transportation Enhancement Program to purchase the former post office and courthouse from the U.S. Postal Service in 1996.
The building had been leased by the Clack Foundation until July 1, when the foundation said it could no longer afford to operate it.
The building, which had housed the H. Earl Clack Museum and a number of offices, is now vacant.