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11 g o D I t9 Cory Titus led all scorers with 33 points. He makes a nice lay up. Cory hits a 3 pointer. Cory simply enjoys watching the ball go through the basket! Teena Lowery Photos Chief Outlines Two-Plus Years of Problems In the following report, com- piled by Mt. Pulaski Chief of Police Lynn Freer, he outlines the health/safety ordinance con- cerns of the residential struc- ture located at 501 West Cooke Street in Mt. Pulaski. The former owners-residents divorced and in 2007 moved from the resi- dence leaving it vacant. Since 2007 the City has assumed exterior maintenance on the property such as mowing, weed control and debris pick-up. The City has addressed various city ordinance violations while along the wall where the front porch had existed has been pulled off the house exposing the inner walls to weather. The remaining debris had been cleaned up either by the owners- residents or the City. On May 12, 2007 Chief Freer requested City Building Inspec- tor Robert 0' Dea to inspect the exterior of the residence. He did so and found numerous viola- tions. On June 8, 2007 Chief Freer requested 0' Dea to inspect the inside of the residence with con- sent. Again 0' Dea found numer- .... tile 0wners-reSidentsoceupied ous violations, some of which- the residence, and since the house was abandoned. The current state of the res- idence is such that the City has deemed it a nuisance due to broken windows and open doors allowing easy access by young children and animals. The Police Department has received reports from neighboring resi- dents that children have been in the residence in the last several months. Neighbors have also stated that animals such as raccoons, opossums, birds, etc. frequently enter and exit the structure from various points. A brief history is as follows: While owners-residents occu- pied the residence, prior to May of 2007, the City became con- cerned over the stability of the front porch roof. The only sup- port beam holding the roof up had rotted in half and was vis- ibly in danger of collapsing. The City had spoken to the owners- residents several times regard- ing repair in which they stated they would fix it. During the summer of 2007 the owners-residents had the front porch removed. The porch roof was pulled away from the house and allowed to collapse on the ground. The brick pillars and brick-face along the porch floor were also.destroyed. The siding still exist. Also on June 6, 2007 a search warrant was issued by Judge David Coogan to inspect the inte- rior and exterior for evidences of violations of the City Code. From 2007 until 2009 the prop- erty has remained unattended with the City assuming all exte- rior maintenance on the yard work and the structure has sig- nificantly deteriorated. In 2009 CEFCU assumed pos- session of the property. Several phone calls to the CEFCU loca- tion in Peoria have gained little or no cooperation. Former Mayor William C. Glaze had sent at least two letters to CEFCU, detailing City concerns over the property. No response was received. On the evening of February 9, 2010 Chief Freer observed several birds entering the residence through the broken windows. In some of the photos taken by Chief Freer for this report, it appears animals have made "nests" out of grass, weeds or straw inside the residence. On Monday February 8, 2009 Chief Freer requested City Building Inspector Lyle Fout to inspect the outside of the prop- erty. Lyle determined that the condition of the exterior of the structure violated section 119.1 of the BOCA National Building Code that the City has adopted. Along with Chapter 7 Danger- ous Buildings Section 4-7-1 (A), (B), (D). The City has also deter- mined that the condition also constitutes a nuisance as defined in Chapter 1 Section 7-1-2 (A) 2 (a), (b), and (c). In 2009 the City nnowed the property at 501 West Cooke Street approximate]ly twelve times. By ordinance,, the City charges $75 per lot, 'to mow or maintain grass or weeds. The City has incurred approximately $ $900 in expense for. this prop- erty. Roberf O' Dea's report of 06/08/07 indicated a f/ire hazard concern with the clo)thing and junk stored in the un-vented attic. It is believed lthat these articles remain in the attic. It also appears that rodents/ animals are accessing the resi- dence and living inside, possi- bly in the attic and basement. Although the front porch roof has been removed, doing so has left holes on the walls allowing for the elements to affect the structure. Also since there are three large windows broken out on the main floor, rain and the elements have deteriorated the floor. Plas- ter from the walls and ceiling has begun to peel and fall to the floor. There appears to be bird droppings or excrement from unknown animals or the floor. Paw prints from other animals are also visible on the floors. The report has been submit- ted to City Attorney Tom Van Hook. In addition to this sum- mary, Chief Freer submitted older reports and photos to Mr. Van Hook to show what has been happening to the property. REYNOLDS ROOFING 217-737 O548 Class of 2000 Reunion MPHS class of 2000 will be celebrating its 10-year class reunion this year. If you are a member of the Class of 2000 or have a rela- tive who is, please email updated contact information to Amy (Con- away) Phillips at We have also created a Facebook page "Mt. Pulaski High School Class of 2000". Surveys will be sent out later this year on options for class events. Questions? Katie (Maske) Flo- rczyk at or Amy (Conaway) Phillips at 217.519.3162  105 E. Jefferson St.  Mt. 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