By ROBERT S. MERRILL
Permission to construct a food pantry on the north side of Preston City’s archery building was granted Monday by the Preston City Council.
Fred Knowlton approached the council about the addition that would extend the building by 44 feet to the north. Knowlton, Brenda Hover and others several months ago approached the council for authorization to construct the pantry. But the original plan was delayed until last October to allow time for funding to be acquired.
During that meeting, the group said volunteer help that had been lined up for the project could not begin it because of the onset of cold weather.
Nothing was done and city officials said it had had no contact with the organization until the item was put on the agenda for a meeting two weeks ago.
Mayor F. Lee Hendrickson said he feels the food pantry is a great asset to the community, “and what you are doing is a worthy cause. There is room to add onto the north side of the archery building.”
City engineer Darek Kimball, Hendrickson and other city officials toured the site and Kimball said he sees no problem with the building proposal.
Once the addition is complete, the group will deed it to the city and then lease it until 2023.
This story is sponsored by Preston Lions Club.
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