Eric Spirtas, owner the former Simmons property in New London, claims the city and its contractor caused damages to his property in the amount of $647,669.
Over a year ago, the city of New London issued a demolition order on the property due to numerous health and safety concerns. An Outagamie County Judge ruled in favor of the city, and subsequent action was taken to clean the property.
A contractor hired by the city had finished demolition on the property earlier this year.
Shortly afterward, Spirtas was able to satisfy the mortgage and prevent the property from going to foreclosure. As of Oct. 1 there were still delinquent property taxes owed on the property.
In a letter to city officials, Spirtas demanded a list of documentation pertaining to the forced demolition, bids and receipts.
He also claimed damages to the site including missing fencing, ($17,572), stolen timber ($167,000), stolen brick ($11,250), stolen copper/electrical systems ($315,000), damages to a block wall ($16,093), inadequate fill/contaminated mulch ($102,834), inadequate fill sand ($28,731), and he alleges that solid fill was contaminated with roofing, paint, debris and trash that will cost $48,909 to remove and replace.
City Administrator Kent Hager forwarded the letter to City Attorney Earl Luaders. He said the city could do one of two things. They could take formal action to disallow the claim, or simply do nothing, in which case after 120 days Spirtas will have six months to file a lawsuit.