City Council moves forward with removal of unsafe buildings

By Craig Hastings
The buildings are down, and the site has been backfilled and seeded referring to the abandoned buildings on the 100 block of West North Central Avenue.

The Tuscola City Council learned during its meeting Monday, Sept. 25 that next up for demolition are a house in the 500 block of East Barker Street and an old church on the corner of East Houghton and Court streets. The mayor, council, and city attorney continue to move progressively forward to act on residents’ complaints of unsightly abandoned buildings and houses throughout the city they would like to see removed. It’s a much more difficult task to achieve than most people realize. There is no immediate remedy to tear down a structure that is owned by someone else. Two previously cleared properties will be sold through the sealed bid process at the Monday, Oct. 23 meeting. These properties were cleared of abandoned houses at 607 and 111 East Wilson Street at the city’s expense earlier in the year.

Also during this week’s council meeting, Mayor Dan Kleiss approved the promotion of firefighters Chip Haake to assistant fire chief and Mark Maxey to captain at the Monday night meeting. Fire Chief Brian Moody made the recommendations. City Hall secretary Angie Gordon will be recognized for her 15th service anniversary on Sept. 30.

The Tourism Board made a recommendation to the Council to retain Anna Nelson as a full time employee for an indefinite time period after reviewing the work the position requires after she had served in the position for a trial period. The Council unanimously approved the recommendation.

The intersection design study of the construction of another Interstate 57/ US Route 36 exchange is nearly complete. This intersection would open up new opportunities to develop properties adjacent to I-57 east and west. Cost studies will also need to take place before construction might begin.

In other business the Council:

  • Approved the payment of bills in the amount of $392,565.16.
  • Approved a pay request for the demolition of the two building once located in the 100 block of West North Central Avenue in the amount of $38,800.
  • Will meet next on Monday, Oct. 9, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. at Tuscola City Hall.

The full story can be found in the Sept. 27, 2017, edition of The Tuscola Journal.