At their meeting Monday night, the Chariton City Council held the public hearing regarding the City of Chariton acquiring the property at 400 S. Fourth St. in Chariton by 657A rules under the Iowa Code. Following the hearing the city approved a resolution for Chariton City Attorney Verle Norris to initiate the process to acquire the property.

There were no citizens from the public present to speak about or ask questions about the property during the hearing.

Chariton City Manager Laura Liegois said the property at 400 S. Fourth St. has been a nuisance issue and has had numerous violations over the years. This property is on the top nuisance list that has been shared with the city council. Liegois also provided the council with some photos of the property at Monday night’s meeting as well.

The council discussed the property when they set the public hearing about it at their Dec. 2 meeting. The back yard of the property goes right into Brook Park. Chariton Building Official/Code Enforcement Officer George Johnson said at the Dec. 2 meeting that the roof of the house at 400 S. Fourth St. was leaking really badly and that the interior of the house was starting to fall in. He also said that one corner of the front porch has fallen in as well.

Liegois said that city staff is recommending that the property be acquired by the City of Chariton, which would then allow for the house to be torn down or be used for a practice burn by the Chariton Volunteer Fire Department. The property could then be added to Brook Park.

Read the January 9, 2020 edition of the Chariton Herald-Patriot for the rest of the story.

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