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City seeks agreement for Blue Building
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The fate of the Blue Building is back under review. McMinnville officials are considering an agreement with McMinnville Heritage Preservation, but cannot agree to some conditions.City attorney Tim Pirtle was asked by city board members to review a proposed agreement with the organization regarding the property. Pirtle says four items in the agreement cannot be done.“First, the proposed agreement granted an exclusive right to the preservation group to market and list the property for sale or lease on terms and conditions that the preservation group deemed appropriate,” said Pirtle.However, Pirtle says McMinnville cannot delegate its legal right and responsibility for disposition of an asset owned by the taxpayers to a third party.“If the preservation group identified an interested purchaser or lessee of the property, then the board might lawfully consider the terms and conditions proposed for the sale or lease of the property, but it simply cannot legally delegate its responsibilities related to the sale or lease of its property to third parties.”Second, McMinnville Heritage Preservation is not a realtor.