Demolition of blighted house underway

By Russell Hood
The Webster Progress-Times

Demolition and removal of a dilapidated house in Eupora that the city declared a public health menace is nearly complete.

The city hired Ken Knight to demolish the abandoned structure at 1485 Adams Ave., which is on the north side at the corner of Posey Street. Knight said Monday he was about three loads away from removing the last of the ruins and that he hoped to be through by Friday.

Demolition of the house came after three blight public hearings, the last of which was Nov. 2. The city sent notices to Antionette Goins, Larry Atkins and Johnny Daniels, all of whom had an interest in the property but chose not to attend the public hearing.

RUSSELL HOOD/STAFF Removal of the demolished house at 1485 Adams Ave. is nearing completion. This photo of the lot was taken Monday.

RUSSELL HOOD/STAFF
Removal of the demolished house at 1485 Adams Ave. is nearing completion. This photo of the lot was taken Monday.

Minutes of the regular meeting of the Eupora Board of Aldermen that followed include this statement under “Blight Update”:

“Per the City Board Attorney, pursuant to proper notification, the Board of Aldermen then conducted a hearing on its own motion to determine if the property belonging to Antionette Goins, upon which property Larry Atkins is entitled to a tax deed when requested … and which property is located within the City of Eupora, is in such a state of uncleanliness as to constitute a menace to the public health, safety and welfare of the community.

“Neither Antionette Goins nor Larry Atkins appeared at the meeting nor did any person claiming to have an interest in the property. …

“Based on all the evidence the Board of Aldermen adjudicated the said property or parcel of land, in its current condition, to be a menace to the public health, safety and welfare of the community, and further to clean the said land by demolishing the abandoned and dilapidated building thereon and otherwise.”

City aldermen have said they intend to tackle other blighted houses one at a time.