The McLean County Chamber of Commerce has been housed at 210 S. East St. in Bloomington since 1972. (Photo by Eric Stock/WJBC)
By Eric Stock
The McLean County Chamber of Commerce site is officially up for sale, now that the county has ended its lease with the business group.
The chamber is moving out of downtown to a building on East Empire in Bloomington that chamber officials say is more suitable for their needs. The county plans to sell the building and property and split the net proceeds with the chamber.
"The chamber constructed the building, made the investments and improvements to the building and the county board believes it's fair to share in the revenue that's derived based on those expenditures," County administrator Bill Wasson said.
The county and chamber will agree on a minimum price, with the county getting the first $50,000 from net proceeds and the chamber getting the next $50,000. Any proceeds beyond that would be split evenly between the county and chamber.
The chamber has been housed at the 210 S. East St. location since 1972.
This summer's drought is fueling concern among some county board members that the county's water supply is on the verge of a crisis.
County Board member Erik Rankin (D-Bloomington) is calling for a regional meeting of local and county governments to assess the county's water needs to prevent a shortage.
"While one summer we got close to that even if we are having a conversation that we make have to invoke (restrictions) then it's obviously an issue," Rankin said. "What happens if we have another summer like the one we just had. What if we have two in a row like the one we just had?"
Several board members say they've been hearing water concerns from constituents in light of the drought.
County Board chairman Matt Sorensen (R-Bloomington) said water has been on the county's radar.
"We would be happy to try again on this topic, it isn't for a lack of trying in the past to keep this conversation going, at least on our part," Sorensen said.
The county derives a portion of its water supply from the Mahomet Aquifer, primarily Normal and southwestern McLean County, while Bloomington uses Lake Bloomington and Evergreen Lake. Wasson said the county might look to pull a greater amount of its water from the aquifer.
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