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City Council Declares Three Properties Uninhabitable-Condemned " ..... " By Mike Lakin " Chief Lynn Freer presented the Council reports told the next step would be to find the properties on the inspection of three properties in town. City to be "nuisance and dangerous buildings". With rental inspector Howard Conrady inspected 320 this finding any occupants of the three buildings S. Vine, 321 S. V'me, and 313 Buckles Dr. would have to vacate the properties. Each prop- o The inspection found severe structural prob- erty would be posted with a notice from the city m lems and mold in all three properties. All three that it was condemned and. uninhabitable pend- properties were occupied. The owner of the prop- ing repairs. erties and the occupants had been notified of the Chief Freer said that if repairs were not made time and meeting date of the City Council. the flext step would be for the Council to vote Members of the Council were given the to demolish the three buildings. The owner has three inspection reports for review. Each report been very cooperative and was aware of the sub o included multiple photos of life safety, fire safety ject of the City Council meeting. and other problems in each property. When asked, Chief Freer said that with the 320 S. Vine was recommended to be vacated; serious violations in each building, it would be as soon as possible. The property had a high very expensive to bring the buildings up to code. mold count, no running water, and-major founda- The council voted to serve letters to the owner tion issues, and occupants of their findings that the buildings 321 S. Vine was recommended to be vacated, were a nuisance and too dangerous to be occu- Floor joists ofthe main floor were no longer sup- pied. The vote was made on the motion of Sue porting the structure. Only one main beam was Stewart and DarreU Knauer. The vote included found to be structural. "The structure was acom- having the properties posted as condemned. plete life safety hazard". Mold, leaking pipes, In other business... foundation problems, toilets not fastened to the City Treas. Jim Sutton reported income' for floor, running water from the toilets - were all the city between June 12 and June "25 totaled of found. $19,221.91. 313 Buckles Dr. was recommended to be One tree bid was received from Dan Bree Sr. vacated. It was discovered this property was His bid to cut down two trees and trim five was inspected in 2010 and several violations were for $1,000. The Council on the motion of Sue found. The property was never re-inspected, and the violations were never corrected. This inspec- Stewart and John Utterback approved the bid, ti0n found mold, sagging floors, leaks, and a pending submission of insurance certificates; garden hose used as a primary water delivery Railroad crossing inspections in town have system, been scheduled by the railroad, Chief Freer said the city code requires an The city Council will continue to meet as a inspection of rental properties in town on a 5-year committee of the whole on most city issues. repeating Schedule or on a change of occupancy. However, the city did appoint Darrell Knauer and After a review of the report,s the Council was Sue Stewart to a police committee. 4th of July Southern Fried Chicken Dinner 10:30am to 1:30pro Carryouts-Delivery Call 341-8967 Donation Adult $8 Children 10 & Under $4 Under 3-FREE Menu - Chicken, vegetable, drink, salad, & dessert Mt. Pulaski VFW Hall South Side of Mt. Pulaski Square What's the Solution? Placing your trust in A Real Community Bank solves that problem. Because only banks qualified Do You Know Who You Can Trust? It's a hard choice in today's financial marketplace. With so many banks and other financial' companies trying to get your business, it's hard to know who really has your best interest at heart. to display this banking seal of approval are dedicated to hometown values and hometown commitment. As A Real Community Bank, we're committed to the community where we |ire and work. Committed to making all our decisions locally and remaining focused on the needs of our customers and community. Come visit and tell us how we can serve you. THE M, emttlm FARMERS 130 S. Washington St.- Mt Pulaski 792-5211