Condemnation Committee Meeting Minutes

TIME: 1:00 p.m.
DATE: Tuesday, October 20th, 2015
PLACE: Council Chamber in City Hall
ROLL CALL:
Jerry Mizell Present
William Carrell Present
Chuck Short Present
Buford McGuire Present

Moved by Alderman William Carrell and second by Alderman Chuck Short to approve the minutes of the previous meeting held on 2-25-2015 as presented;
MOTION CARRIED:
Jerry Mizell Yea
William Carrell Yea
Chuck Short Yea
Buford McGuire Yea

*No motions were made from today’s meeting but the following properties were discussed. A current Demolition List was given out along with the 2015 Abatement properties to the Committee. Alderman Mizell gave thanks to Mr. Merriweather for all his dedication since 2011 doing the Cities abatements wishing him well. He is going to retire at the end of the month and Dave Koch will be the new Abatement Officer. Corporate Counsel informed the Committee with new state laws in place we can file under dangerous and unsafe nuisance to be able to tear down these dilapidated homes. The title work or deed will need to be searched in order to proceed.

204 West 9th Street, Owner Clemar Riley
819 Pearl Street, Owner Elmer Pullen
300 Ferry Street, Owner Jim Hambrick
621 Catherine Street, Owner Lisa Bremer
1608 North Avenue, Owner Charles & Janet Wilson

The above properties listed will have updates at the next meeting.

Moved by Alderman William Carrell and second by Alderman Chuck Short adjourn: MOTION CARRIED: TIME 2:20
Jerry Mizell Yea
William Carrell Yea
Chuck Short Yea
Buford McGuire Yea













TIME: 2:15 p.m.
DATE: Wednesday, January 8th, 2015
PLACE: Council Chamber in City Hall
ROLL CALL:
Jerry Mizell Present
William Carrell Present
Daugherty Absent
McManus Present

Moved by Alderman David McManus and second by Alderman Jerry Mizell to approve the minutes of the previous meeting held on October 8th, 2014 as presented;
MOTION CARRIED:
Jerry Mizell Yea
William Carrell Yea
Daugherty Absent
McManus Yea

The Committee discussed the following addresses but no motions were made for Council.

Consensus was to have a signed contract between Jeff and Lisa Bremer, the owner of 621 Catherine Street, for 90 days’ time period or deed the home over to the City to demolition if the work has not been completed or she has no plans to rebuild. The extra time was given because the home is being scrapped out and they are showing signs or continual progress.

A letter for 202 Metropolis Street will be sent giving 15 days.

New interest in the old Bank Building at 300 Ferry Street has surfaced and need to get the tax lien on the building removed. More information will be shared as known stated Corporate Council.

921 Pearl Street owner Clemar Riley is still being discussed and will not send out any letters as of yet

The small empty lots the City owns were discussed and all agreed a committee various groups such as Bankers, Realtors and contractors to name a few needs to be formed. Alderman Jerry Mizell will be in charge of seeing this through.
FEMA bids will need to be rebid due to asbestos issues. Everyone has been contacted and new packets will be out soon. After an asbestos inspection is completed we will regroup homes accordingly.
Alderman Mizell inquired if we have an update on the Medical Marijuana permit and was told we hope to have answers before January 12th, 2015.

Moved by Alderman David McManus and second Jerry Mizell by Alderman adjourn: MOTION CARRIED: TIME 2:45
Jerry Mizell Yea
William Carrell Yea
Daugherty Absent
McManus Yea















TIME: 2:12 p.m.
DATE: Wednesday, February 19th, 2014
PLACE: Council Chamber in City Hall

ROLL CALL:
Jerry Mizell Absent
William Carrell Present
Daugherty Present
McManus Present

Moved by Alderman David McManus and second by Alderman William Carrell to approve the minutes of the previous meeting held on April 30th, 2013 as presented;
MOTION CARRIED:
Jerry Mizell Absent
William Carrell Yea
Daugherty Yea
McManus Yea

Committee Chair Alderman Mizell was absent, Alderman McManus conducted the meeting.

The Committee was given an updated 2014 list of the Abatements and Demo properties with notes about each home. Abatement officer John Meriwether told the Committee he sends out a notice to the owners of the properties along with the resident living there if they are renters.

Discuss and take possible action on the following properties:
The demolition FEMA properties have requirements attached to them; no concrete but can use gravel and no permanent structures. The land can be used as a campground or gardens but has to stay green and will have 12 inches of top soil
.
The empty lots we own and sell should have a minimum bid attached to them to bring in more revenue.

921 Pearl Street: Owner, Clemar Riley; Mt. Horbe is interested in this property Alderman Daughtery is still in contact with the church and will update the Committee. The property is zoned commercial.

815 E. 6th Street: Owner, Patricia Parker; Property is on the demolition list, Group D.

805 Broadway: Owner, Darryl McCoy; The living quarters are unacceptable. He has had a fire in the back portion of the home but has nowhere else to live if he is forced out. He signed a waiver not holding the City responsible. He is willing to live elsewhere but at the present time has nowhere to go.

300 Ferry Street: Owner, Jim Hambrick; He has reduced the selling price to a bare minimum; there is also a tax lien on the property. Will search into this to be sure he is not behind.

310 Lindsey: Owner, Glenda K. Dean; Property is on the demolition list, Group D.

1811 Baynes: Owner, Chris and Lillian Cougil; Couple divorced served notice waiting to hear back to proceed.

613 E. 9th: Owner, Kathleen Farmer; Abatement lien notice served and proceeding.

1601 Market: Owner, Barbara Bryant; She owns the home but doesn’t live there. Abatements on the property, foreclosing would be faster process then demolition.
The concerns of the Committee are still the dilapidated homes in our city and the need to clean them up.

Discussions of how old a mobile home should be to bring to the City of Metropolis since some are in better shape than the newer ones in our 5 year clause.

Moved by Alderman David McManus and second David Daughtery by Alderman adjourn: MOTION CARRIED: TIME 2:46
Jerry Mizell Absent
William Carrell Yea
Daugherty Yea
McManus Yea


TIME: 1:30 p.m.
DATE: Tuesday, December 11th, 2012
PLACE: Council Chamber in City Hall

ROLL CALL:
Jerry Mizell Present
William Carrell Absent
Daugherty Present
McManus Present

Moved by Alderman David McManus and second by Alderman David Daughtery to approve the minutes of the previous meeting held on April 11th, 2012 as presented; MOTION CARRIED:
Jerry Mizell Yea
William Carrell Absent
Daugherty Yea
McManus Yea

The Committee was given an updated list of the Abatements and Demo properties with notes about each home. Abatement officer John Meriwether told the Committee he sends out a notice to the owners of the properties along with the resident living there if they are renters.

Discuss and take possible action on the following properties:
511 E. 8th Street – Owner, Otis, Mary and Harold Sparks
Max Russell is going to purchase the property and the documents are ready to sign now that we have a clear title. He is also interested in several properties in the neighborhood. Max wants to tear down and clean up the property once he is the title holder.


921 Pearl Street – Owner, Clemar Riley
We have a church interested in this property and after speaking with Clem, Corporate Counsel said he would be willing to work something out. We know there will be clean up and the City will be willing to help.

815 E. 6th Street – Owner, Patricia Parker
Banterra Bank has stated they do not want the property any longer and will release their part along with Ms. Parker agreeing to release hers. Corporate Counsel will get back to us on this property as soon as he gets in contact with their lawyer. This property is not fixable.

Alderman Mizell told Butch Adams, present for the meeting, he has spoken with Mike Hillebrand about the cars sitting around his property and will come back for a meeting with Corporate Counsel and himself to see what he needs to do to be compliant with the City’s Ordinance. Alderman Mizell also told Butch they are still working on the old Gas Company building issue.


Moved by Alderman David McManus and second David Daughtery by Alderman adjourn: MOTION CARRIED: TIME1:49
Jerry Mizell Yea
William Carrell Absent
Daugherty Yea
McManus Yea




TIME: 1:07 p.m.
DATE: Wednesday December 15th, 2011
PLACE: Council Chamber in City Hall

ROLL CALL:
Jerry Mizell Present
William Carrell Present
Daugherty Present
Corzine Absent

Moved by Alderman William Carrell and second by Alderman David Daughtery to approve the minutes of the previous meeting held on December 14th, 2011 as presented; MOTION CARRIED:
Jerry Mizell Yea
William Carrell Yea
Daugherty Yea
Corzine Absent



Discuss and take possible action on the following properties:
300 Ferry Street – Owner, Jim Hambrick (old Bank Building)
Jim Hambrick didn’t attend the meeting.


107 East 7th Street – Owner, Gerald & Mary T. Jones:
Extension was given and nothing has been done. A lawsuit has been filed on all three and served. Ms. Jones met with us and was told she has to show activity
in order for us to continue to work with them. The case is on the middle of May and will ask the first of July what has been done and if she can show progress we will find out how much time she needs to repair and file a motion to allow us to go inside the house with a contractor. He has names of contractors to hire to tear off the front porch. The house needs to be safe.

1507 Butler Street, Fairmount – Owner, Sylvia Russellberg:
Going to tear down but the home changed hands, made 2 agreements with them to make repairs and didn’t comply; set and served and court date sometime in May

511 West 8th Street – Owner, Otis, Mary and Harold Sparks:
Last year had first appearance; we have an order for inspection took Tim White Construction. Harold didn’t show but his brother LaVelle did all agreed this house needs to come down. The walls are off the foundation, the walls have separated, it’s ready to fall in. He was given 60 days to get out the contents, all agreed, we drew up the agreement and he didn’t come sign. We are now proceeding to reset case it’s not salvageable. The land might be worth something to Builders Supply Alderman Daughtery added. This is reset for May.

921 Pearl Street – Owner, Clemar Riley:
Corporate Counsel offered to go and talk to Mr. Riley will come back with an updated report


310 Lindsey – Owner, Glenda Dean:
This was filed last fall and got an order for an interior inspection and we were told she got a demo permit we sent the letter we are doing the demolition, no response. Chad said she asked if the demo permit expired that she had men helping her clean the house. Ms Dean said she was going to talk to Corporate Counsel but has not.


815 East 6th Street – Owner, Patricia A. Parker:
Ms. Parker knows it’s falling in and is willing to deed to the City, but has a mortgage at Banterra Bank. The property is too small to do anything with and we need to contact each neighbor to see if they want to purchase. We are waiting to see if Banterra will release the property.


202 Metropolis Street – Owner, Lana Hansford:
Attorney Richard Kruger has sold the property for contract for deed and enough money has been paid now that we have to treat it like a mortgage. The buyers have hired an attorney. We need to stop until they finish


604 & 608 East 5th Street – Owner, Edward Musselman:
A letter has been sent. The roofing and porch are deteriorating
He called the Mayor and asked if he could start tearing it down
He has an Abatement letter and after 7 days from that we can begin.
Corporate Counsel will draft an agreement. We have e-mails admitting allegations and will hold up in court. A demolition letter needs to be sent.

614 East 5th Street – Owner, Russell Rhodes:
John has sent an Abatement letter haven’t heard back. We need to send a Demolition letter.


702 East 5th Street – Owner, Steven Walters:
The house is empty and Corporate Counsel talked to Steve Castleman and it was under the old partnership he used to have. He needs to get a title and will see that the property gets boarded up and mowed. Once a title is in hand he will tear down. We will do a written agreement with his intentions to tear it down and clear it.


309 East 3rd Street – Owner, Rodney Daub (trailer clean-up):
We need to make this a priority because things are being torn out and thrown in the alley. He contacted John and will start cleaning. Demolition letter will be sent.

410 West 11th Street – Owner Randy Lee (trailer clean-up):
This property has had a fire and not a repair job; there is cleaning and bagging but not moving off the property. Alderman Daughtery expressed his concerns about this property being his neighbor. The abatement officer will check the status every few days.

Ferry Street – Discuss Willie Jak’s Clean Up:
Darren Tockstein and Corey Bowman are trying to buy the property from Becky Lagore to reopen. They could go through Rural Development Revolving Program we match the 50%.They are confident they can get the money from a bank and want to have another meeting soon. There are concerns about the neighbors building and need to do some general maintenance between the 2 parties. They want to establish a new name, take out the gaming machines, make a new format and redo the bathrooms. A TIF is an option being in an Enterprise Zone. Gary Hamm the Massac County Assessor was there and has informed the Committee he will speak to Darren and Corey. Becky Lagore will remain the title holder but not liable for debt. TIF will only help who is the owner.


Alderman Carrell stated we have City property that needs fixing before we ask them to clean up their property giving Laidlaw and the Old Gas Company building as examples. He also questioned the address of 216 East 9th and 511 Girard Street.


Mayor McDaniel told the Committee that Shawnee Development has a grant for flooding clean up and are taking applications. They have 1040 hours of pay and will furnish gloves, safety glasses, chain saws, and weed eaters.

Mayor McDaniel has asked Charles “Spike” Stacy to come speak to the Committee on the issue of the Coal Terminal. He came before the Committee saying the company wanting to put in the coal terminal directly across from us are smart business men and know how to approach this issue to get the permit. We have had to fight this issue since 1992. They have purchased property in a residential zone and a heavy commercial company doesn’t need to be there. They now have gone to the Army Corps of Engineers to receive a permit zoned heavy industry. We do not want this at the location of the permit for the following reasons, dust, noise, water pollution and river traffic problems. April 19th is the deadline to voice our opinion and we ask you the City of Metropolis to get involved and help us fight against the coal terminal coming. Metropolis has a lot at stake as well Harrah’s Riverboat Casino and he added we know you’re trying to redevelop your riverfront property. We know jobs are needed but the people against this do not feel for the few that will be hired, will be worth all the sacrifices we will make.


Moved by Alderman William Carrell and second Jerry Mizell by Alderman adjourn: MOTION CARRIED: TIME2:50
Jerry Mizell Yea
William Carrell Yea
Daugherty Yea
Corzine Absent










TIME: 1:18 p.m.
DATE: Wednesday, October 5th, 2011
PLACE: Council Chamber in City Hall

ROLL CALL:
Jerry Mizell Present
William Carrell Present
Daugherty Present
Corzine Absent

Moved by Alderman Jerry Mizell and second by Alderman William Carrell to approve the minutes of the previous meeting held on October 5th, 2011 as presented; MOTION CARRIED:
Jerry Mizell Yea
William Carrell Yea
Daugherty Yea
Corzine Absent



Lisa Gower representing Save the Massac Theater Group came before the Committee to inform them they have a buyer to purchase the theater and has the funds available to fix the roof and the front immediately, and will begin the inside when those 2 are complete. He is waiting on the appraisal to go ahead with the plans. Lisa was informed Ron Abell whom they contacted to do the appraisal has had health issues with family and will have the appraisal done by January. Lisa told the Committee he will pay 80% of the appraised value. She stated his plans for the renovation of the theater was the same as the Save the Massac Theaters plans.


Moved by Jerry Mizell and Second by David Daughtery to recommend to the full Council to take action on the condemned properties listed;
MOTION CARRIED:
107 East 7th Street, owner, Gerald and Mary Jones
815 East 6th Street, owner, Patricia A Parker
1507 Butler Street (Fairmount) owner, Sylvia Russelburgh
511 West 8th Street owner, Mary and Harold Sparks
Jerry Mizell Yea
William Carrell Yea
Daugherty Yea
Corzine Absent

Discussed on pending Abatement properties;

921 Pearl Street owner, Clem Riley, the next step will be to bring in the Health Department to inspect the inside.

310 Lindsey, owner, Glenda Dean next step will to bring in a contractor to inspect what needs to be done to repair the home.

202 Metropolis Street, owner, Lana Hansford, waiting on this property with no legal action taken yet.
Mayor McDaniel regretfully informed the Committee we will be losing our representative Carol Brown Hodges due to family health issues.

Moved by Alderman William Carrell and second David Daugherty by Alderman adjourn: MOTION CARRIED: TIME 1:29
Jerry Mizell Yea
William Carrell Yea
Daugherty Yea
Corzine Absent















TIME: 1:00 p.m.
DATE: Wednesday, October 5th, 2011
PLACE: Council Chamber in City Hall

ROLL CALL:
Jerry Mizell Present
William Carrell Present
Daugherty Present
Corzine Present

Moved by Alderman David Daughtery and second by Alderman William Carrell to approve the minutes of the previous meeting held on September 9th, 2011 as presented; MOTION CARRIED:
Jerry Mizell Yea
William Carrell Yea
Daugherty Yea
Corzine Present

Lisa Gower representing Save the Massac Theater Group came before the Committee handing out a letter to the Committee, asking if they could take out a few items of value before they were completely destroyed and lost forever. She had stated there were 3 medallions the last time she was in there and since there was not a roof the weather conditions have ruined 2 of them. The Group trying to save the theater might have a potential buyer for the property but the last appraisal was higher than what the property was worth at this time. They want to see if another appraisal could be done and maybe a lower price for the building could be reached. Lisa told the Committee Save the Massac Theater group could not buy the building and fix the roof both. Junior Pugh is giving the group a bid for the removal of all rotten material in the back and gut the lobby and balcony area. They stated the front portion of the roof will remain and patched until a new roof is put on the entire building. Lisa told the Committee they could have any references on Mr. Pugh and his construction firm they needed. They are waiting to find out from the City if the Prevailing Wage and the PLA will have to be put into place for the work to be done. This cost would be considerable higher since the Ordinance determines how it is billed out. Lisa added Junior Pugh is bonded with Gower Insurance and has credentials if needed. Corporate Counsel told Lisa it would be much cheaper on the construction and repairs of the building if the City was not the owner. He also told Lisa items could not just be sold outright if the City owned the property, an Ordinance would have to be adopted. They could however sell the items and put the money back into the building that is acceptable. Corporate Counsel said a written agreement would have to be constructed saying who was going to remove the items, where they would be stored and who would be responsible. If the project didn’t move forward the items would have to be returned. He added the City doesn’t have room to store the items but if they did we could work it all out. Corporate has concerns about the building being conserved. Lisa told the Committee they needed a roof before anyone would insure the property but they need to own it to be able to roof it so the prevailing wage is not an issue. Alderman Midnight said it sounds like a Catch 22 and wishes there was something to be done to make it work for everyone. The Committee wondered if they could get a Liability Risk Insurance policy until the roof was completed. Alderman Corzine asked how long the City owned the building and was told about 3 years. Corzine said it seems the building is only getting worse and something needs to happ