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Buildbq Collapse on Front Burner... By Mike Lakin Foth's report of my site investigation con- The collapse of the back wall of the ducted on November 3, 2011. This letter also more formally expresses Foth's con- "Matador" building did cause a response from the building owner. He obtaified a cerns that were.contained in the attached demolition permit from the city to remove e-mail that was sent to Mr. Patridge on the top floor of the building. While that November 7,2011. work was being done, the west wall of the During my site investigation on Novem- ber 3, 2011, I observed" masonry wails at building collapsed'into Deron PoweU's the rear of the subject buildings that were insurance office. The "collapse severely damaged Deron's office, resulting in the no longer laterally supported at the floor office being abandoned as unsafe, and roof levels. The loss of lateral support The-city council's first discussion of. for the masonry" walls was the rest. t of the problem was done in executive ~6s- the partial collapse of the floor and roof sion at the regular City Council meeting "structures that'had previously laterally Tues. Nov. 8: City Attorney Tom Van supported th~ masonry walls. It is Foth's Hook tom the council it needed to go opinion that the ~asonry walls without" into executive session tO discuss pending lateral support at the roof. and floor levels ; - impending legal action". The result of are subject to further collapse in certain that meeting involved the ci~ obtaining environmental conditions (wind, seis- bids to, demolish the "Matador", Deron mic, etc.) that are identified in applicable Powell s office, ahd the "Red Door". . buildin~ codes. Since- .the collapse of these A special public meeting was held Sat. masonry walls poses an immediate threat evening Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. At that meet- to the safety of the public, it is Foth's ing, Public Works Director Mike Patridge recommendation that the City contract presented the council with three bids to with a local demolition contractor to. demolish the buildings. Mike said all immediately erect substantial, barriers in the alley and commence-demolition of three bids were bid to the same specifi- cations. Mike explained that if asbestos the laterally unsupported masonry walls. issues were found, the cost of demolition If demolition of the unsupported wails would go up and it would add to the city's ca .nnot immediately progregs, shoring cost of demolition. In reference to the options should be discussed Between the asbestos, Mike said the EPA h~ given City and the local demolition contractor. permission to an emergency demolition Immediately following the demolition of about a third of the "Matador" and or shoring of the laterally unsupported Deron's o~ce. Once the most dangerotis masonry walls, investigation of those part of the demolition is complete - the areas that W~ve ~a~J~le during my November 3, .2Ott Cite investigation backs of the two buildings - then the city should immexiiat~y~tommence to deter- is to check for asbestos issues. mine if any conditions exist that would The demolition bids necessitate further immediate demolition submitted were... "or shoring to ensure safety of the public.'" Walker's Home Service, Decatur , In addition to the demolition of the $96,880. three buildings, the City Council has also American Demolition Corporation,- agreed with Deron Powell to sell to Deron Elgin $98,780. the "P(ed Door" lot for $4,000. This agree- Goodman Excavation, Ih~., Adanta ment was entered into so that Deron can $155,883. . rebuild his office on the south side of the The council awarded the demolition square. ITIis office will Occupy the lot he contract to American Demofition Col,- 'owns and the "Red Door" lot. poration, Elgin. Councilmember Pete The tw0-phase demolition is exposed Howe was familiar with the company's to start immediately.. " work, as he hlfd been employed vith them To finance the demolition, the Council years ago. Pete said building demolition auth0rized City Treasurer Jim Sutton to is all that the company does and they are go forward with a financial arrangement verytgood at what they do. with The Farmers Bank for a line of credit MAke ]eatridge said he wquld taI]~ "~rlth up tO $200,000. " ~- ~ ~" : ~Mnerican Demolition Corporation to : ~ affangements for building owners to remove~tems flom. the buildings. Mike. The Mt. Pulaski CiW Council, all the explainedi2hat onceche contract is.signed, d~ employees, and I would ~ to let the all contents become the property of the citizens of it. Pulaski know that we are company for salvage purposes. Deron currently in the pi-ocess of. getthlg bids for If an American Ls to amount to anything he must rely upon himself, and not upon the State; he must take lmde in his own work, instead of sitting idle to envy the luck of others. 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Don Max- the south side of the square that are no 130 S. Washim ton St. - heimer h a~s~~[~e tractors in longer structurally sound. We would like Derot/g:b~.~=:~s it, to than, k ey.eryanefor theirpatience and. ~~. :~ = " : ~ ~ .... :. ",.)'.:. ~ ,~.:. coo a onm e tot p o em. 'row ''u=' " -- - " We would also like to say a big thank The followmg ts the Report . you to Rick Volle and The Farmers Bank of Engineer of Mt. Pulaski. Your help and advice on FJ FA R M E F [ " Foth Infrastructure and Environment, this situation was greatly appreciated. LLC - champaign . Please be assured, We are on the fast Ir BANK o,..,., , .,.mvconv . t, on t.D..o a ro'utio to t'.'Ot on ]] ww,..,arm 7 of Public Wo'rks, Mr Mike Patridge, and While we want to get this taken care of ~ ~ N ~ ~ ~ 187~ "tv Annrn~v Mr T.m Van~ ~ quickly and correctly, we must make sure the C1 .......... ~ ..........Hoo_. _ i wrifin the City to ex.re s Foth's that everyone s safety comes unr,k':'IP" .om concerns ~ -- -- Mayor Jim Fuhrer for public safety in advance of