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1/30/2014 10:51:00 AM
Council targets south-side 'uninhabitable' home
The Robinson City Council dealt with an abandoned home when it met Tuesday night at the Community Center.

The city began the process to condemn an unoccupied home at 803 St. Petersburg.

"It's in deplorable condition," Zoning Commissioner Mike Shimer said.

He said the dark-green bungalow is uninhabited, and uninhabitable. It was secure the last time he checked, he said.

Aldermen Russell Snider and Karen Bowman said they have received numerous complaints about the property.

The city had considered action last year. Snider said the owner, Richard Beard, had promised to take care of the property. He had not followed through, Shimer said.

At the advice of City Attorney Frank Weber, the council will vote on the possibility of condemnation at the next meeting.

This will also give Weber time to prepare the condemnation ordinance.

Although residents may wish to see it gone, it is only one of 20 buildings on the "Wall of Shame," Shimer said - and it's not the worst or most dangerous property he is watching.

Shimer told the Daily News it normally takes between $4,000 and $6,000 to demolish a single-family home.

Sometimes that is recovered in a lien placed on the property.

Alderman Barbara Alexander said the city rarely recovers the cost of demolition in any later sale of an empty lot.

In other business, the council:

• Issued three grants: $3,000 to the Spay and Neuter Foundation, $1,500 to the Crawford County Reserve Police and $1,000 to the Humane Society.

• Bought 10 tires for Street Department vehicles for a total of $1,438. Eight are from Best One Tire and two from Ryan's.

• Signed an agreement with Carter Lumber to continue displaying the "Welcome to Robinson" sign on the property. It runs for two years and will cost $1 per year.

• Approved a variance for a garage at 1208 N. Robb Street. The planned building is larger than the ordinances allow.

• Renewed the franchise agreement for cable TV with Mediacom. The company had requested 15 years, Pethtel said, but agreed to five years.

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