The city finiance and personel committee approved removal of the buildings at 212 E. Wolf River Avenue at its meeting Wednesday, Nov. 5.
Zoning Administrator and Building Inspector Paul Hanlon recommended removal of the buildings.
“The buildings are in a dilapidated condition and cannot be repaired,” reported Hanlon.
A local bank donated the property to the city with the understanding the city would raze the buildings at its expense.
Hanlon reported the estimated cost of demolition for the site is $8,750.
He reported that an asbestos abatement inspection was completed on the property at a cost of $425. Some asbestos containing materials were found in the kitchen sink, and the siding on the detached garage. He said the cost for removing these materials would be $1,325 of the total demolition costs.
We Energies will remove the natural gas service at the site for $500.
All other utilities have been removed from the property.
City Treasurer Judy Radke requested the committee use budgeted economic development funds to cover the expense of demolition. Alderman Dave Morack moved to proceed with removal of the buildings using the budgeted economic development account. The motion passed unanimously for recommendation to the full council.
Pending council approval, the New London Fire Department may have an opportunity to use the building for a December smoke filled home training session, before the building is raised.
Hanlon presented the Waupaca County Wolf River Emergency Action Plan. He requested amending Chapter 16 of the municipal code to include the county’s emergency action plan.
Hanlon informed committee members that removing the requirement in Chapter 16.4.3 (1)(d) 1 of the New London Municipal Code, removes the requirement of signatures from emergency services for properties being developed in Flood Plain areas.
The plan also includes an emergency action plan to provide early warning to residents along the river to in the event of a flood emergency.
The committee recommended to council amending Chapter 16 to include the Waupaca County Emergency Action Plan.
Polling place change
Alderman Tom O’Connell made a motion to change the polling place for Aldermanic District Four, Wards 3-4-8, back to Trinity Lutheran Church for all succeeding elections. Alderwoman Mary Tate seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.