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City to move forward with demolition on College Street

The City of Andalusia will move forward with the demolition of a structure on College Street after it was deemed unsafe by officials.

The structure, located at 201 College St., was discussed during an April meeting of the council. The property owner addressed the council at that time and asked for additional time to work out a possible arrangement in handling the demolition himself. However, Mayor Earl Johnson said on Tuesday that an agreement was not reached, which led to a unanimous vote to move forward with the abatement. Two council members — Kennith Mount and Terry Powell — were absent from Tuesday’s meeting.

According to city officials, the property owner, Elrand Denson, received notice in February that the building on his property was deemed “unsafe to the extent that it is a public nuisance and subject to demolition.”

At that point, the owner was given 45 days to demolish the building. After 45 days, the dangerous building ordinance allows the city to perform the demolition with the costs being assessed as a lien against the property.

The following items were also discussed at the meeting.

• The council approved the purchase of a 2021 John Deere 700 L Crawler dozer for the Public Works Department. The dozer will be purchased from the state bid list and financed through CCB Bank. The council also moved forward with declaring as surplus property the dozer being replaced.

• After recently approving for the purchase of new vehicles for the police department, the council declared four DPD vehicle surplus property.

• The city also held first readings in regard to declaring as surplus two real properties. The first property is located within the industrial park and will be purchased for the construction of a “warehouse-style structure.” The second property is located off of Sutton Road and is being purchased by an adjacent property owner. The mayor said that property is situated in a way that does not provide much use to the city. It is about 6 acres. The council could vote on both properties at the next meeting.

• Sammy Glover was re-appointed to serve another term on the Housing Authority Board. Mayor Johnson said Glover has dedicated many years of dedicated service to that board, as well as serving on the city’s Board of Education.

The next meeting of the city council is scheduled for Tuesday, May 18, 6 p.m., at city hall. A work session begins at 5:30 p.m. in the third-floor conference room. The public is invited to attend.

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