The Shelbyville City Council continues to push for action on dilapidated buildings.
Commissioner Gib Smart told the council Monday evening that his research into the ordinance showed the steps for the city to deal with the issue. A building must be inspected and deemed a health and safety nuisance and the property owners notified and given a timeline to fix the building. If the building is not brought into compliance, a $500 a day fine would be imposed.
Targeted buildings include the Lidster Hotel on South Washington, the burned-out buildings on North Morgan, the burned home on North Second Street, and the dilapidated home on Main Street. Smart noted that there are other buildings throughout town that may also need to be considered.
City attorney Jack Kiley reported that for the past month the owner of the Lidster had said he would come to Shelbyville, look over the building and secure it. However, he has not made good on his promise and is now against the timeline that was set by the council. Kiley will file a court order on the Lidster Hotel.
Mayor Jeff Johnson reported that he has met with the owner of the building on North Morgan and that he was supposed to give the council a timeline of the work to be done. The building has sat as an eyesore since fire gutted the top floor last May.
Smart said he doubts that the owner will do anything. “He has his (insurance) settlement. He could sell the building for closing costs and keep the settlement,” Smart said. “He wants to have his cake and eat it, too.”
Lidster Hotel neighbor Christy Treadway asked the council to take action on the hotel building. She also asked what would happen if the imposed fines were not paid.
“We can get a court order to secure the building and recoup the expenses from the owner,” Kiley said.