SILVER CREEK - With one demolition complete, the village plans to seek funding to remove other buildings that are causing issues and eyesores.
Acting at its regular meeting Tuesday, the Village Board agreed that Code Enforcement Officer Tom Gould should write for funding to the Community Development Block Grant Program, specifically for help with removing buildings.
Recently, the village razed a downtown structure that was presenting a safety hazard due to its condition. Mayor Kurt Lindstrom thanked the building and zoning code enforcement officer, Police Department and others involved in the August demolition of a building at 207 Central Ave. The brick building was found to be falling down and in disrepair. The mayor said he has not yet met with the owner of the building, Kim Ramsdell, who has been out of town.
The mayor would not comment on who would be responsible for the cost of the building's removal. Former Trustee Anna Fredrickson asked the question during the public comment section of the meeting. She said she did not disagree that the building needed to be removed but wondered who would pay the bill for the demolition and cost of sending the building materials to a landfill. The mayor consulted with Village Attorney Dan Gard and said he would not comment on the cost of the project.
Board members authorized a transfer of $1,547 from the general fund to a new account, "Demolition of Unsafe Buildings," at the session Tuesday.
Public Works Supervisor Ralph Crawford said his department is nearly finished with an extensive storm drainage project in the Lafayette Street area.