MEETING Council grants time for condemned properties

The owner agreed to demolish the house at 244 E. Wood St.
LOWELLVILLE -- The owner of two condemned houses has until Oct. 8 to demolish one and 30 days to make necessary repairs to the exterior of the other or face legal action.
After a hearing regarding the condemned properties Monday evening, village council voted to grant Don Sudon the 30 days to make repairs on the property at 228 E. Wood St. and until Oct. 8 to demolish the house at 244 E. Wood St. after he contested plans for the village to demolish both properties.
Earlier this year, the village demolished two other condemned properties in a plan to rid the community of unsafe and unsightly buildings. Those were not Sudon's properties.
Sudon has already demolished the garage at 228 E. Wood, Mayor James Iudiciani said, but wants to renovate the house.
Further action
Council agreed to allow Sudon 30 days to make repairs to the exterior of the property before deciding on further action.
The property is still condemned, said James E. Lanzo, village solicitor, so if required repairs are not completed within that time, the village can still demolish the property.
If required exterior repairs are completed within that time, council agreed to discuss granting an extension for completion of repairs to the interior.
At Lanzo's recommendation, council also agreed to give Sudon through the first week of October to demolish the house at 244 E. Wood St.
Granting Sudon time to demolish the house himself will prevent the village from having to put up the money for demolition and then going after Sudon to recover the costs, Lanzo explained.
In a letter to village officials dated Sept. 10, Sudon agreed not only to demolish the house at 244 E. Wood St. by Oct. 8, but to purchase outstanding interest in yet another condemned property in which he owns a share, 244 Water St., and to demolish the building on that site too.
Other action
During the regular meeting, council set the salary of the clerk for the senior citizen transportation program at $125 per month. The clerk receives no vacation, no health insurance and no life insurance.
Council also briefly discussed flood damage in the village caused by recent heavy rains. Council wants property owners whose homes and businesses were damaged to provide itemized lists of losses along with photographs of the damage as soon as possible so that village officials can present the information to the Federal Emergency Management Agency in hope of securing funds to assist those affected, the mayor said.
For more information, call the Village Hall, (330) 536-6415.

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