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Hearings held on five substandard structures

by Dolores Hamilton
In its ongoing effort to clean up blighted areas in the city and eliminate health and safety issues, the Iowa CIty Council held five public hearings for substandard structures at Monday night’s meeting.
A second public hearing was held for the detached secondary wooden living quarters at 103 W. Aldine. The daughter of the owner told the council that progress has been made on the demolition but they needed more time. The council voted to give her 45 more days.
In the second hearing for the wooden residential structure and two detached accessory buildings at 314 E. Aldine, the owner said demolition is almost complete, but hasn’t been finished because of a breakdown in equipment. The council gave him an extension of 45 days.
The owner was not present for the public hearing on a wooden detached garage at 310 W. Lafayette. It was found to be a substandard structure and the owner was given 45 days to abate the structure.
The hearing on a metal warehouse structure at 213 S. Victoria was cancelled when the city manager told the council it had been taken care of.
Owner of the wooden residential structure at 522 W. Alameda was not present at the hearing. He was given 45 days to abate the structure.
The final hearing of the night was for a residential structure at 404 E. Pecan. Relatives of the owner were at the meeting and told the council if they would give them a year they could take care of it. Council voted to give them 60 days to start working, and if it’s not finished they could come back and ask for an extension.
Council passed resolutions authorizing the mayor to execute amendments to the wholesale water purchase contracts between the City of Iowa Park and the City of Electra, Horseshoe Bend Estates Homeowners Association, and Wichita Valley Water Supply Corporation. There were no changes to the rates for Iowa Park CISD.
The proposed tax rate of $.76 per $100 in property valuation, the same as last year, was approved by the council.
There will be two public hearings on the annual budget and tax rate and the final adoption of the two will take place at the regular council meeting on Monday, Sept. 25.