BARSTOW The Board of Supervisors will be deciding Tuesday if they will put a building up for auction that used to house offices for a television district in the early 1990s.

The building is at 610 East Main Street and has been vacant for about 15 years. It used to house offices for County Service Area 40, which operates the television district, said Jeff Rigney, director of San Bernardino County Special Districts Department. When it was operated out of Barstow, the television district used to broadcast low frequency transmissions across the High Desert by using transmitters on Elephant Mountain near Barstow.

The district still uses Elephant Mountain for its broadcasts, but no longer needs the building, since broadcasts for events such as the Mardi Gras Parade can be done remotely. Rigney said there was a film crew based out of the building until the district consolidated in the mid 1990s and now most people work out of Lucerne Valley.

"It's surplus to our needs now," said Rigney.

The 4,320 square foot building's minimum bid will be $151,000 and the county service area will receive the revenue for the sale.

The auction will take place on March 16, 2011, if the Board of Supervisors approves sale of the property and there are no offers from public agencies or non-profit organizations.

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