McMinnville officials will begin inspecting city-owned property bright and early Saturday morning. The day-long endeavor is open to the public with a schedule for individuals who are interested in one particular property.
First up will be a tour of the Blue Building at 8:30 a.m.
“That seems to be one of the buildings people are most interested in so I thought we would do that one first,” said McMinnville Public Works director Bill Brock.
Immediately following the tour of the Blue Building, McMinnville Civic Center on Garfield Street will be toured at 9:30 a.m., Water Treatment Plant on Bell Street at 10:30 a.m., Pepper Branch Park at 11 a.m., and Fire Station 1 and the city’s maintenance garage on Main Street at 11:30 a.m.
After a break for lunch at Collins River BBQ at about noon, officials will continue the tour with the Sewer Plant and Rocket Park on Cope Street at 1 p.m., Sallys Alley at 2 p.m., police station on Red Road at 2:45 p.m., and Public Works on Belmont Drive at 3:30 p.m. The tour is scheduled to end at 4 p.m.
The event is part of an orientation for new members on the Board of Mayor and Aldermen. As city leaders, they will be asked to decide where improvements need to be made and in what priority.
Missing from the list is the Park Theatre. Brock says the decision was made to target properties where officials are considering future capital expenditures.
“When it comes to Park Theatre, that decision has pretty much been made to renovate,” Brock said. “We wanted to show them properties where the decision has yet to be made.”
Individuals wanting to be included in the tour will be asked to sign a liability waiver. Transportation and lunch will not be provided.