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Council to Re-Examine Wells-Sherman House Loan

Terms of repayment, other details to be talked about in committee

Kent City Council will take another look at the $15,000 loan to Kent Wells Sherman House, Inc., for relocation and restoration of the historic house.

Council voted recently to put the issue back in to a future committee meeting to review the details of the loan, which was originally approved in June 2012.

Councilman Roger Sidoti, who suggested the review, said he wanted to see details such as when the city will release the money and the term of the loan hashed out.

"I think there are two issues here," Sidoti said. "In good faith we are extending a significant portion of taxpayer money to the house. Obviously they are sitting on some issues they haven’t quite got rectified ... for the placement of the house."

The Kent Wells Sherman House group recently received a permit from the city to build a new foundation for the house on land owned by the group at 247 N. Water St. That permit is just one of many that must be approved in order to relocate the house permanently to the lot from its temporary location on East College Avenue.

The relocation remains tied up in a legal battle as well.

Portage County Common Pleas Judge John Enlow set a hearing date in the court battle over the relocation for Friday morning on the permanent injunction request made by the Save the Standing Rock Garden, a group of residents who oppose moving the house to the greenspace on North Water Street.

Citing those two issues, Sidoti said it appears it will be some time before the house can start to generate income for the group to repay the loan.

"Obviously we want to protect the taxpayer investment while being fair to the Kent Wells Sherman House group to have time to get income from the house to pay back the loan," Sidoti said.

A specific meeting date for reviewing the loan has not yet been set.

The Omnipotent Sponge - Soak it up! February 27, 2013 at 03:12 PM
Overwhelming majority? How many people do you think reside in Kent? Twemty? And someone should have been thinking about preserving history before it was a college rental. The house just isn't that historically relevant. And "those Standing Rock" people don't have anything to do with it. A good deal of "other people" have decided to take a stance against the house because they value nature in all forms over an old house.
The Omnipotent Sponge - Soak it up! February 27, 2013 at 03:14 PM
Corruption of the legal process? In Kent? Gee, really? We are awfully close to Cuyahoga county. Some fun has to rub off on wee little Kent.
The Omnipotent Sponge - Soak it up! February 27, 2013 at 05:15 PM
Yes it would, but why would they try to benefit the community? They (those who love the house) seem more interested in making fun of people who feel close ties to the Earth. The Farmer's Market is full of those darn tree-hugging happy people.
David Reith February 27, 2013 at 05:44 PM
Hear, hear!
David Badagnani March 03, 2013 at 05:01 AM
"Next up, Rick Hawksley writing a blog on the need for greenspace." $$$space must be more important to him than greenspace?

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