A step was taken at the Logan County Commission (LCC) meeting held Nov. 16 that will begin a series of demolitions of blighted properties throughout the area.
The meeting was called to order by LCC president Danny Godby and commissioner Danny Ellis with the pledge of allegiance and a prayer. Commissioner Willie Akers was not in attendance.
Logan County code enforcement officer Ray Perry addressed the commission concerning several homes in various states of the process whereby long-neglected homes are torn down.
Perry presented the LCC with a request that demolition bids be put out for three homes in Logan County. Requests for asbestos abatement for three more homes were also approved.
Perry explained, “Due process has been served on all of the parties involved. Some [homeowners] had no response whatsoever. We have received no plans for correction from these homeowners. All of the costs incurred by the county go against the property as a lien. The property owner has the option to come back and make good on the lien and recover the property. If not, it will be sold at a later date.”
The process of removing blighted homes from the area has been ongoing for several years.
Ellis added, “To me this signifies going into another phase. I think most people understand that certainly what already happened with over 100 structures being taken down is huge for this county. I think this county commission has been very serious about cleaning this county up. To me, this is just another step in beautifying your county.”
Perry noted the project would not be economically feasible if the county had to pay for disposal of the blighted homes. “Friday before last we received the class d landfill for the county. We have to be the ones to generate the demolition material so we have no tipping fees. It’s just a matter of bidding things out, receiving the bids and cleaning things up.”
Other actions taken by the LCC include granting $2,000 redeemable by invoice to the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary children’s Christmas party.
The archery program at Beth Haven Christian School was also given $1,500 to be redeemed by invoice.
The dog pound report listed no euthanizations or animals that were dead on arrival.
The next meeting of the LCC will be held Dec. 7 at 3 p.m. in the Logan County Courthouse.
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]