Susan Lusk and Reedley-based veterans have great intentions and wishes when it comes to the impending sale of the Reedley Armory building — the decades-old site of veteran-based activities in the city.

That sale by the state of California – expected to be acted upon sometime after January 2019 — puts in jeopardy the home of the Reedley Area Veterans, local American Legion post and the annual activities they do. It’s a situation that prompted Susan Lusk — Gold Star mother with the CPT Joe F. Lusk II Memorial Foundation — to speak before the revamped Reedley Council on Dec. 11 and express her deep concern.

Supported by veterans group members and other community residents, Lusk made public her intention to “make some noise” on the issue. She suggested the three main veteran organizations in the community should band forces and garner community support — and money, is possible — to find a way to possibly buy the building property and convert it into a Veterans Memorial Building that other Fresno County cities – Clovis is a prime example — rely on.

The biggest obstacle at this point is the state itself. City Manager Nicole Zieba said she was told in no uncertain terms that California officials would accept nothing below the going appraisal value of the property. That appraisal price will be made public sometime in late January.

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