The city can cross one property off its list of nuisance properties “detrimental to the public health and welfare.”

The cleanup of a property at 300 Grant St. is complete and has been reverted to green space.

City Administrator Russell Rost outlined the expenses for the board of aldermen Monday night.

In all, the cleanup cost the city $186,086.12, which included purchasing the property from owner, John McCarty, for $95,000.

Other costs included legal work, a property appraisal, trash haul off, asbestos inspection and abatement, grass seed/topsoil. City staff labor costs were $81,851.34, not including administrative staff costs.

The city street crew put 2,112 man-hours into the cleanup.

The city recycled scrap metal and sold some items from the property at a local consignment shop, which took $1,393 off the total cleanup costs.

“It went really well and it was fairly economical for what we ended up accomplishing,” Rost said. “This one is complete, and we have two more to go.”


The cleanup of the property spans more than a decade.

Owner John McCarty was hired by the previous property owner to clean up the property, but that work never was done.

Rost said he met with McCarty multiple times about cleaning up the property, which formerly housed Lamke Truck Repair Company.

Late in 2016, the board of aldermen passed ordinances deeming the Grant Street property and two other properties nuisances,

In January of this year, the property owner received a one-month extension to attempt to clean up the property before the city moved forward with the abatement.

The following month, the board approved purchasing the property, allowing McCarty to remove items through the end of May, when the city began its work.

Other Properties

McCarty was one of three property owners whose properties have were declared a nuisance.

The city has moved forward on the other two properties at 1200 Riverview Drive, owned by Joseph Cojocaru and Sorin Cojocaru and 1711 E. Highway 50, which is owned by Reba Wittenborn.

The three properties were declared nuisances through a resolution adopted by the board of aldermen late last year. The homeowners then were given 30 days to voluntarily clean up the properties.

The property owners could abate problems before the city arrives or sign a release allowing the city to clean the property.

Any items salvaged would be used toward the cost of abatement and a lien would be placed on the property for any additional abatement costs.

The Highway 50 property was being used as a mobile home storage and repair business; however, the business owners have not had a license to operate for more than 2 1/2 years.

DBA Unlimited Works had a license to operate an auto repair shop at the Riverview property, but instead salvage work was conducted there, which is not permitted in that zoning district.