CENTERVILLE -- Staffers are continuing efforts to eliminate safety hazards on the much-talked-about Chase Lane property.
The property at 85 E. Chase Lane has been the subject of much discussion in the city council for several months because it has been an eyesore and safety hazard for some time.
The property contains unfinished structures that the building official deemed dangerous.
On May 27, the city sent to the owner of record and anyone holding an interest in the property a notice and order to repair or demolish buildings on the property.
The council approved a motion at its Sept. 6 meeting directing staff to take five steps, including getting bids for work and notifying those with interest in the property.
The staff has obtained bids for cleaning the structures, as well as for demolishing them.
Recently, the city council approved the bid of Ralph Marchant for $4,967 to clean up the property. The bid will go into effect if the property owners do not take action of their own in a 14-day window.
The city council has opted to defer talk of property demolition to a later date.
Notice was sent to parties informing them that there is intent to either clean or demolish the property, thus terminating the dangerous building certificate. It also states that a lien will be placed on the property for reimbursement of any associated costs.
Specifically, the property has a significant amount of junk, trash, debris, garbage, construction materials, boulders, lumber, metal scraps, weeds and abandoned or discharged objects that need to be cleaned up. This violates city code, making it unsafe and a nuisance.
City postings state that the property also violates the maximum allowed height for weeds, which is 12 inches.
The newest efforts are focused on cleaning up the property and getting reimbursed for expenses the city incurs. Centerville officials are still working with property owners and trying to ensure all the work is accomplished as mandated.