City purchases old bank building

Woodward City Commissioners voted Monday to purchase this empty building on Main Street that originally housed the Bank of Woodward. Most recently it was home to BancCentral, which has moved all its operations to the Williams Avenue location. (Photo by Johnny McMahan)

Tuesday evening, Woodward city commissioners voted to purchase the original Bank of Woodward building from present owner, BancCentral.

They also approved Envision Woodward, a "living" document that helps city leaders with policy decisions now, paving the way for a long-term vision of Woodward 20 years from now, said

The building purchase was discussed in executive session with all commissioners present except John Meinders. The building is located on Main Street.

BancCentral owners reduced the price of the building to make it affordable for the city, said City Manager Alan Riffel.

While there are no immediate plans for the two buildings that make up the old bank complex, the historical value and its location in the Main Street corridor prompted commissioners to unanimously approve the purchase of the property for $325,000.

There was no opposition expressed about the approval of the new comprehensive plan which maps out a general idea about how Woodward will look in the coming years.

The document, which has been being created for nearly a year, is a policy and planning guide and can be changed as the city grows, said Commissioner, Steve Bogdahn.

In other business commissioners approved a more than $103,000 bid for a 12 foot by 85 foot bridge across Crystal Beach Lake that is slated to create a way for people to better access fishing throughout the season, as well as making the park ADA accessible, Riffel said.

The meeting was held on Tuesday night rather than the regular Monday date due to the Labor Day Holiday.

The commission meets again on Monday, Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. in the commission room at city hall.

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