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City plans to fast-track 3 properties for demolition

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[March 15, 2012]  On Tuesday evening, Mayor Keith Snyder had two big opportunities to present to the city council on resolving property issues in the city of Lincoln.

Area Disposal has offered to provide services for a citywide cleanup free of charge.

Snyder suggested that the $20,000 in his budget that has now been saved should go to fast-track demolition of some derelict properties in Lincoln.

Building and safety officer John Lebegue said he has three properties tagged for this: two on North Sangamon that are fire-damaged and one he referred to as "the yellow house" located not far from the fairgrounds.

He said the two on Sangamon are small homes, so he believes all three can be taken down for the $20,000.

To do a fast-track demolition, the city will have to post signage on all three houses, do a legal title search and send a "Notice to Remediate" by certified mail, with return receipt requested, to all owners of record of the property, beneficial owners and all lien holders of record, stating the intention of the city to demolish. The city must also file a public notice and record a copy of the certified letter at the Logan County recorderís office.

If no one responds to the notice, then within 45 to 60 days of the first posting of the signage, the city can authorize the demolition of the buildings.

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If an owner does wish to contest the demolition, this must be done before a judge in the Logan County courts.

The council must also approve the fast-track demolition before it can move forward. It is expected the question will be on next weekís agenda.

[By NILA SMITH]

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