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City issues demolition order on Maple Street property

by ANDREW CHRISTMAN - achristman@wabashplaindealer.com

The Wabash City Board of Public Works and Safety Thursday issued a demolition order for 131 E. Maple St., Wabash.

The board reached its decision after hearing from Building Commissioner John Stephens, who reported he has seen no significant changes to the structure since the board’s last meeting. The property’s owner told the board she tried to get quotes so she could demolish the property herself, but the cost of doing so was too high.

The board unanimously agreed to declare the property unsafe. Moving forward, Stephens has been ordered to get quotes for demolishing the property, which are anticipated to be presented by the board’s Oct. 18 meeting.

The board also unanimously found the property at 112 E. Main St., Wabash, to be unsafe. Stephens said the property’s owner has not cleared all of the brush surrounding the area since the initial hearing Sept. 6. He said no structural work has been completed either.

The board directed Stephens to compile a list of items that need to be completed by the owner and a schedule of when they need to be completed within 60 days. Stephens said he will have the list ready by the board’s next meeting.

In other business, the board approved a contract with the Indiana Department of Transportation for street sweeping purposes. The contract states the City of Wabash will receive $360 per cubic mile sweeped per year.

The street department will be in charge of sweeping Ind. 13 and Ind. 15 through town three times per year. Street Department Superintendent Scott Richardson said the department has done so in previous years, but this is the first time a contract has been in place.

Council member Eric Schoening, sitting in for Mayor Scott Long, said INDOT will pay a total of $2,268 per year for the 6.3 miles.