Colby makes an offer on old clinic

The Colby common council has been exploring options to purchase this building at 110 S. Second St. as a possible location for the public library.

Despite opposition from the local library board, Colby’s city council voted last week to make an offer to purchase the former medical clinic at 110 S. Second St. as a potential future location for the Colby Public Library.
The motion was adopted in closed session at the end of the council’s monthly meeting July 7. City officials initially declined to say what the motion was, so the Tribune-Phonograph submitted an open records request.
In response, the city forwarded an email Tuesday from city attorney William Gamoke to city clerk Connie Gurtner. In the email, Gamoke argued that the city was justified in keeping the motion secret because he believes disclosing any action taken in closed session would put the city at a competitive disadvantage when trying to buy the building.
“Any disclosure at this time will cause harm for a bidding process,” he wrote.

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