A landmark in Delia has shut its doors, perhaps for good, and no-one seems to be able to do anything about it.
The owners of the Stagecoach Hotel walked away from it a while back leaving the property in the possession of the bank, and the Village of Delia would like to take it over.
"Delia obviously wants as much business going as we can and we're trying to encourage that," stated CAO Mark Nikota. "The hard part where we're stuck right now is between the two enterprises that are kind of fighting over it. We just want to see it resolved so that we can move forward."
The matter came up at a recent meeting of the village council. Councillors were told ATB Financial, which holds the mortgage, could foreclose on the property and transfer the title to the village, but the financial institution isn't willing to pay the estimated $7,500 in legal fees that would cost.
"What the village is looking at right now is recovering the property for tax recovery, (but) the soonest we can get ahold of it is in two years, and we're just hoping there's something left in two years that would be salvageable that we could turn around and have a going business come in and use it, " explained Nikota.
"We know right now that the water and the gas are turned off," he added. "We're working with those other two parties trying to see if we can maintain the building until this gets solved."
The matter is expected to be back before Delia Council at their April meeting.