Property Owner Told To Improve Home Or City Will Demolish; City Wide Clean-Up Saturday

Property Owner Told To Improve Home Or City Will Demolish; City Wide Clean-Up Saturday
Property located at 139 South 14th Ave.

Greg Barker will have until the October 12 Broken Bow City Council meeting to meet the requirements of the City or the home located at 139 South 14th Ave. will be demolished. During the final regular meeting for the month on Tuesday, September 28 the nuisance property was back on the agenda as the deadline for improvements was approaching on October 1.

City Administrator Dan Knoell reviewed the history of the property starting after it caught fire. In 2020 Barker purchased the home with the understanding it must be fixed up due to the damage caused by the fire. After numerous deadline extensions, a deadline of October 1, 2021 was given. Knoell informed the Council, the progress promised had not been made and he recommended the council to demolish the home.

During the public hearing, Barker said he felt he had met the requirements set by the City regarding the home. He agreed that the home was not visually appealing, but he was working on the home including adding on to the house. Barker continued saying that he was under the impression that he had to fix the burnt part of the home and have the roof on by the deadline, but the City stated they wanted the home to be completely finished.

Eventually, both sides agreed that Barker and Knoell would meet with a list of requirements that must be met before the new October 12 deadline. If the requirements are not met, the City will demolish the building.

For those doing some fall cleaning around your property, Saturday, October 2 will be a perfect time to take advantage of free collection sites as part of the Broken Bow City Wide Clean-Up. Free collection sites will be located between Tomahawk Park & Paul Brown Field from 8 AM-3 PM. Bricks, lawnmowers, old bicycles, miscellaneous metal automotive batteries, appliances without freon, and other items will be accepted.

Tires, paint, motor oil, lawn and garden chemicals, or household waste will NOT be accepted. However, if anyone has any household hazardous chemicals, they can be taken to the Custer County Recycling Center on Saturday from 8-10 AM as part of the household hazardous waste collection program.

The Broken Bow City Tree Dump will also be open for free on October 2 and 9 from 8:30 AM-noon and 1-5:30 PM. Acceptable materials include trees and tree branches, wood pallets, untreated and unpainted lumber, grass clippings, leaves and yard waste, garden waste, flowers and bushes, and clean concrete (no rebar or wire mesh in concrete).