The council will consider the recommendation Monday night.
The committee acted Thursday after
Committee members received a copy of a letter from City Building Official Randy Kardell that stated the structure has been dilapidated to the extent that the council should declare it unsafe and a removal permit should be issued and the structure completely removed within 30 days.
The office was located at two other sites before moving to the former downtown furniture store in 2007. On
However, the south side of the building where the demolition occurred has not been repaired to resist weather elements, said Kardell. Interior drywall is exposed and there are several wall penetrations to the interior.
A local source says
Kardell said another area of concern is the rear loading dock. Kardell said a basement is located under the loading dock, with a parking surface over the top. He said the basement has several concrete roof supporting beams that have deteriorated to the extent that a major structural collapse could occur and nothing has been done to correct the problem.
The only action taken was to place signs to prevent vehicle traffic. But the signs and barriers have been removed and not replaced, Kardell said.
"This area constitutes a major structural concern that will classify the structure as an unsafe building,'' Kardell wrote.
He also wrote that exterior conditions also classify the structure as unsafe due to dilapidation and lack of maintenance.
Peterson said state law authorizes the city to declare the building unsafe. If the property owner doesn't comply, the city can tear it down. But that may mean the city "eats'' the demolition cost, which could be
During discussion, committee member
Peterson said the only remedy is a lien unless the city could talk
"Then it would be worth the city's while to invest that money because we could turn around and get some money for a bare site because I know there's some people interested in doing something on that site. But they don't want to deal with the building and they don't want to pay what the building's on the market for if they have to deal with all the demolition costs,'' Peterson said. "They would not keep the building. It would be new development.''
Peterson said he spoke with someone Thursday afternoon who mentioned that there was some planning underway for a project for that site.
Johnson said the city is aware of the dangerous condition.
"I don't think we should delay on moving forward,'' he said. "Otherwise, somebody backs a truck over that basement area and goes through and gets some serious injuries. We'll be the deep pockets that they'll be looking at.''
"At least go on record and declare it an unsafe building and move forward from there,'' DeBlieck said.
In other business Monday night the council will receive the annual State of the City address from Mayor
Among other agenda items, the council will receive reports from the
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