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Eyesore properties are discussed in Spring Valley

SPRING VALLEY — Spring Valley City Attorney Jim Andreoni briefed the council Monday evening on the progress of ridding dilapidated properties in the downtown area.

The council discussed the status of the 200 and 202 E. St. Paul St. properties, often referred to as the Limberg building.

Andreoni reminded aldermen the city had filed a demolition complaint against the two separate buildings. The properties had been inspected by a structural engineer, and the 200 E. St. Paul St. property had been deemed an unsafe structure.

While the city is expected to go to court within the next month on a property maintenance violation they filed on the 202 E. St. Paul St. property, Andreoni explained the county currently holds the deed to the 200 E. St. Paul St. property.

The taxes owed on the property went up for sale. Andreoni confirmed there were no bidders, therefore the county gained titled to the property.

The Bureau County tax agent was recently in contact with Andreoni and sent an agreement that Bureau County would deed the 200 E. St. Paul St. property to the city in exchange for $647. If the city paid for the deed, they would then be able to demolish the eyesore within the downtown.

“It would be much less than what you would end up spending in attorney fees,” Andreoni said. “Obviously, if we get it, we will still have to bear the cost of taking it down, but it should save the city money.”

Andreoni said the council was not yet in a position to act on the matter, but they are making progress.

A few aldermen expressed concerns about proceeding with demolition plans on the 200 E. St. Paul St. property once the city bought the title from the county.

Andreoni assured if the city purchases the deed to the 200 E. St. Paul St. property, they would wait until they were able to snag the deed of the 202 E. St. Paul St. property before moving forward with demolition.

“It would just seem to make more sense. It would be an easier demolition if they took down two buildings at once,” he said.

In other news, the council:

• Agreed to donate $300 to Project Santa.

• Approved the appointment of Matthew Merboth to the CDAP revolving loan committee.

• Agreed to reschedule the next council meeting to 7 p.m. Nov. 12 due to Veterans Day.

• Set a public hearing 15 minutes before the Nov. 25 meeting in regards to vacating the alley near Lincoln School.

• Set a water/sewer committee meeting for 6:30 p.m. Nov. 6.

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