In other business, the council heard from city attorney Jack Kiley regarding the Lidster Hotel building and the burned building on North Morgan Street.
Kiley said that a search revealed the owners of the Lidster was a defunct corporation in Ohio and that there were tax liens on the company.
According to statutes the owners of commercial buildings have to be given a timeframe to remediate or demolish the building. If the owners do nothing, then the city can demolish the building and try to recoup the expenses.
“There is no question the Lidster need to come down,” Kiley said.
The building poses a danger from large pieces of broken glass as well as unsafe floors inside. Outside walls have collapse in recent years, posing more danger Vagrancy is still an issue the police department has had to deal with.
“That building has so many holes it would be extremely expensive to try to just board it up,” said Police Chief David Tallman. “The faster the thing can be brought to the ground the better off we’re going to be.”
The council gave Kiley the approval to proceed with trying to contact the owners, giving them 30 days to respond.
Kiley said the owner of the burned building on North Morgan wants to put in temporary electricity, reroof the building and enclose it. Commissioner Fogleman questioned the viability of the building and asked if a building inspector could check it out.
Commissioner Thom Schafer proposed that fees for licensed commercial brush disposal at the city dump be set at $300 beginning in January. There will still be no charge to the general public
City Clerk Carrie Jones reported adjustments to the tax levy ordinance which include raising the police pension fund to $150,000. The levy was approved.
Commissioner Fogleman reported that the old squad car sold for $9,800 on eBay and the buyer has received it. Fogleman commended Tallman on the work he did on the car to get it in saleable condition. However, as the buyer was driving it back to Ohio, the car required some mechanical work costing the buyer about $600. The council agreed to reimburse the buyer $500 for his expenses.