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Malheur County takes action to speed Slipper cleanup

By John Braese

The Enterprise

VALE – The Malheur County Court voted last week to speed up the process to take over and then sell the property once home to the Golden Slipper Restaurant.

The county is in line to assume ownership of the IOOF Building because of long unpaid property taxes of $3,400.

The shuttered building in downtown Vale collapsed last January under a heavy snow load.

The process to take title under law wouldn’t start until October and the county wouldn’t become the owner until approximately January.

The updated time line will place the property in county hands by the end of September after a public hearing next month.

At the June 21 county court meeting, Vale City Manager Lynn Findley provided a history of the property, explaining the muddled ownership issue currently.

“It is the building nobody seems to want,” Findley said.

Findley had sought . . .