The Oneota Historic Future Alliance (OHFA) has paid off 25 percent of its debt to the county.
OHFA member Deborah Bishop presented Winneshiek County Auditor Ben Steines with a $2,400 check Tuesday. OHFA owed the county $9,600 for the removal of the county caretaker’s house.
OHFA had an agreement to have the building placed on the National Register of Historic Places and to identify a potential tenant, or take the building down. When the organization failed to have it listed or find a tenant, the county paid to have the building removed in 2012.
Last month, the Winneshiek County Board of Supervisors approved having Winneshiek County Attorney Andy Van Der Maaten file a lawsuit against OHFA in an effort to obtain a judgment for the debt.
Bishop met with the Board a week later and reported OHFA would be selling materials from the former East Side School and working on financing to settle the debt. She also apologized to the supervisors for the group’s “long silence.” The supervisors agreed to delay filing legal action against OHFA.