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Three Properties Deemed Dangerous Buildings, Hearing Makes Way For Demolition

By James B. Bartle
Barring swift actions by property owners, three vacant properties in the City of Sullivan were ruled dangerous properties and following council action it appears they will be demolished in the near future.
The Sullivan City Council held a public hearing on the three properties: 422 Sappington Bridge Rd., 260 E. Euclid, and 231 N. Center, on Tuesday evening, December 18.
Building Inspector Dan King presented his findings on each piece of property to the council and was asked if these homes were dangerous, at which all three times King answered, “yes,” and the council moved forward with unanimous votes to find them dangerous and make way for razing, once another grace period is completed.
King began his findings to the board with property at 422 Sappington Bridge Rd., believed to be owned by GMAC Mortgage. The property was unoccupied and a letter was sent to the property owner and all owners on Sept. 7. The property owners were all also notified through a public notice published in the Sullivan Independent News.
King stated that the 422 Sappington Bridge Rd. property had four clear code violations and the visual inspection revealed the roof collapsed on the front half of the structure, the deck is starting to collapse, siding is falling off the home and the block foundation is deteriorating.
Following the report on this property, the council voted unanimously to declare this property as a dangerous building.
King went to the next property, 260 E. Euclid, owned by James and Mary Carter. The property had two clear violations.
Kings evidence included the the foundation of the home was falling in, vegetation is growing inside and outside of the home and the structural members are exposed to the elements.
The council again voted unanimously to rule the property a dangerous building.
The final property, 231 N. Center, owned by William Nelson, had three clear violations. Kings evidence was the structure of the roof is collapsing, the floor inside has collapsed and the roof of the main structure is deteriorating.
The council voted to have the building ruled a dangerous structure.
During the hearing, King supplied photographic evidence to defend his reasons for the structures to be razed. There were no home owners present during the hearings and none made contact with King or the council prior to the hearings Tuesday night.


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