At their meeting Monday night, the Chariton City Council approved a resolution for City Attorney Verle Norris to initiate the 657A process of the Iowa Code for the City of Chariton to acquire the title of and take possession of the nuisance property at 709 N. 14th St.

The resolution the council approved requires the owner of the property, Brenda Dormaier of Bremerton, Wash., to have 30 days to demolish the structure of the property. If the owner fails to do this, then the City of Chariton will move forward with the 657A process to acquire the property, then it will figure out what to do with it.

The City of Chariton has discussed the property at 709 N. 14th St. numerous times in the past. The city had previously declared this property a nuisance and the problems with it have still not been corrected.

In the resolution the council approved Monday night regarding the nuisance property it states, “That said property is hereby found to be a nuisance because the property contains a structure which is unsafe, in such a neglected or dilapidated condition as to endanger persons approaching or entering the same or as to attract or harbor animal pests or as to be generally offensive to the surrounding property owners. These conditions are prohibited by Chapter 9.04 of the City of Chariton, Iowa Municipal Code.”

The council held a public hearing regarding this property at their Oct. 7 meeting. At the hearing and at this past Monday night’s meeting, Chariton City Manager Laura Liegois said there was a party interested in acquiring this property but that they have since declined the opportunity to do this.

Council member Denny Bisgard asked Council member and current Chariton firemen and former fire chief Mike Graves if the property at 709 N. 14th St. is a property that could be burned.

Read the November 7, 2019 edition of the Chariton Herald-Patriot for the rest of the story.

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