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Commissioners continue derelict property demolition

BY SHARON BARDONNER - sbardonner@ftimes.com

The Clinton County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday opened bids from three companies for the demolition of four derelict properties that have long been on the list maintained by County Zoning Administrator Liz Stitzel of the Area Plan Commission.

The properties include:

• A garage in Hillisburg west of the fire station. Commissioner Scott Shoemaker has recommended giving the property to the Johnson Township Volunteer Fire Department once the garage is removed.

• 2824 W. County Road 550 N., which has been on the watch list since May 2013 and had four liens placed on it.

• 2224 West County Road 0 N/S, Frankfort, north of ADM, which has an outbuilding that is collapsing.

• 7146 W. Mulberry Jefferson Rd., where a structure had been demolished but the concrete basement needs to be removed.

Each company – Howe Construction, Alliance Excavating and Demolition and Ridenour Excavating – provided individual costs for each property along with a package price for razing all four site.

The package prices presented included $11,000 from Howe Construction; $13,392 from Alliance; and $14,400 from Ridenour.

The commissioners tabled the decision to have time to compare the three bids.

The board also will receive numbers from AAA Plumbing for repairing the sewer and wastewater lines serving the courthouse. Commissioner President Josh Uitts said because of recent odor issues, the commissioners hired AAA to map the sewer and water lines and evaluate why the problems were occurring.

“They found some issues,” said Uitts, “and they’re preparing bids for us to look at. I expect it to be a rather large project and something we’ll have to work with the County Council to achieve.”

Uitts said the lines were installed in 1884, but now that it’s 2018, fixes are needed. 

Shoemaker added that the project undoubtedly will be extensive and involve tearing up floors to reroute the lines.

“AAA will tell us what we have and tell us what we need,” Uitts said.