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
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 recorder’s 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 week’s
[By NILA SMITH]
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