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Sheffield looks at abandoned properties

Published: Friday, Jan. 10, 2014 3:17 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Jan. 10, 2014 3:19 p.m. CDT

SHEFFIELD — On a day when trains got stuck, schools were closed, and the postal service had second thoughts about making deliveries, the Sheffield Village Board endured below-zero temperatures to hold its first meeting of 2014 Monday night.

Topping the meeting was a discussion of options for three abandoned properties in the village. Two of the properties have abandoned houses that have owners who have not responded to the village’s request for repair or demolition. One of property owners has agreed to tear his house.  

Newspaper notifications will be published to notify the owners of the two property owners who did not respond to the village’s inquiries. 

Village board members also asked Mayor Bill Rosenow to get clarification of the date that action will be completed on the dilapidated property at 115 E. Farnham St. The owner of that property has agreed to tear the house down and leave the garage, but the board feels there needs to be a time frame to complete demolition and clean up.  Rosenow said he will contact the village attorney about legal remedies, if they are deemed necessary. 

Board member Rick Cernovich further questioned the status of the Tim Girkin property on East Railroad Street. Rosenow said the county zoning board was working with the individual and will follow through on declaring the property dilapidated and subjecting any structures to removal.

In other zoning and property business, approval was given to Dave Bohm to rezone his property from M-1 to R-2 zoning through the county zoning board. 

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