It was brought to the St. Clair Board of Aldermen’s attention that two owners of buildings that have been deemed dangerous have not complied with city orders.
At the Monday, June 4, meeting, City Code Official Jeremy Crowe said two dangerous building notices issued by the city were to expire Tuesday, June 5, for buildings located at 155 North Main St. and 210 East Oak St.
155 North Main
A show-cause hearing was held before the board regarding the 155 North Main St. building March 5. Due to city code violations, the structure on the property was deemed a dangerous building and a public nuisance.
Attorney Brandon Bardot, with Aubuchon, Buescher, & Goodale, LLC in Union, represented the property owner Thomas R. Schuh at the hearing. Schuh was not present.
City Attorney Kurt Voss gave deadlines of when Schuh should have certain building repairs finished before the city can intervene.
The roof was to be replaced with a permit purchased and a completed building inspection by June 5, according to Voss. A sub floor replacement, approved by the building inspector, must be completed by Aug. 5.
All other repairs should be completed by Sept. 5 “to have this building no longer be constituted as a dangerous building or public nuisance.”
Crowe told the board that Schuh has not fixed the roof or demolished the building. The next step is for the city to send a 10-day notice, which Crowe said he requested Voss to prepare and send to Schuh.
After 10 days, Crowe added that he will seek bids for demolition of the building.
210 East Oak
A show-cause hearing was held before the board May 7 regarding the 210 East Oak St. building. The property owner did not attend the meeting nor was an attorney representative.
Crowe told The Missourian that the building was originally deemed dangerous by the city in 2012. A building inspection sheet from June 12, 2014, states that the structure has leaning interior walls, an unsecured roof, inadequate stairways and fire escapes, the building is hazardous for one’s health, among other problems.
The property had different owners at the time and they eventually sold the property to Louis Hanson. Crowe said Hanson knew about the condition of the structure upon purchasing the property.
Due to flood damages that occurred at his other properties in Pacific from past floodings, Hanson was given more time to repair the building at 210 East Oak St., according to Crowe.
Since it has been more than a year since the last flooding, Hanson has yet to make the necessary repairs to the building requested by the city.
The property owner was given a notice by the city that stated he had 30 days to repair or demolish the structure, according to Crowe.
With the deadline approaching and no action taken Hanson, Crowe said a 10 day notice will be given to regarding demolition. After the 10 days, Crowe will proceed with the demolition of the building.
Mayor Ron Blum said since both property owners have had “ample notice” to repair their buildings, he gave Crowe permission to seek bids for the demolition of both structures.