October 18, 2013 | Vol. 94, No. 245

Hurley American Legion ends lease with Memorial Building

HURLEY — The Hurley American Legion voted to terminate its lease with Iron County for the Iron County Memorial Building Wednesday evening.

Cortney Ofstad/Daily Globe
The Iron County Memorial Building is shown above Thursday. The Hurley American Legion voted to terminate its lease with the building Wednesday evening.

According to Legion member Bob Traczyk, most members were in favor of terminating the lease and voted as such. The Legion pays $1 per year to the county for the building, but with a decline in bowling, the Legion has had trouble making enough revenue to pay utility bills.

During a meeting of the Iron County Finance Committee Wednesday morning, Traczyk and other Legion members addressed the committee about the lease and a proposal to have the Iron County Memorial Building Restoration Committee take over the lease was brought up.

The restoration committee has spent nearly $54,500 over the past four years on the building, and many finance committee members didn’t want to see it close.

Despite the Legion breaking the lease, the building will remain available to rent for special occasions, such as weddings.

According to Traczyk, a member of the restoration committee, it will take over the lease, if financially possible.

—Cortney Ofstad