POINT PLEASANT — Point Pleasant City Council received several bids for the demolition of an eyesore property on Main Street.
The bids were discussed at Monday’s regular meeting of city council. The property in question is the old Franklin Building and the adjoining building which was the former Wallpaper Outlet. The city owns the former Franklin Building, while the former Wallpaper Outlet is owned by an individual who has given the city permission to tear it down as well.
The lowest bid was from E&R Excavating Co. in New Haven for $51,260 for demolition only. Councilman Bob Rulen was concerned no asbestos removal was included in this price and suggested Mayor Brian Billings call the company and ask if it could subcontract that part of the job so that it is all done at once, as opposed to having to deal with multiple contractors. A company called Solid Rock out of Portsmouth, Ohio, placed a bid for both demolition and asbestos removal for $78,000. Billings said he would have an answer on the E&R subcontracting question when council reconvenes at 7 p.m. April 19, a meeting which will also include approving the city’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year.
Billings said if an agreement can be reached with E&R concerning completing the entire job, and council agrees with that arrangement and additional price, work should begin right away on bringing down the structure.
Helping to pay for this demolition will be funds released from the USDA to Main Street Point Pleasant, the latter of which would “gift” the money to the City of Point Pleasant for the project. As previously reported, the city had been working with Main Street Point Pleasant Director Charles Humphreys to obtain the money from a revolving loan fund from USDA made available to Main Street Point Pleasant. This is not a loan for the city, but free and clear funds to bring down the structure — the owner of the former Wallpaper Outlet will retain the deed to that specific property.
Based upon earlier conversations with Humphreys about the money, some of those around the council table estimated the USDA amount available for the project to be around $50,000.
By bringing down those specific buildings in the 300 block of Main Street, this removes a safety hazard and creates more space for economic development, according to some in city government.
In other news concerning dilapidated properties, City Attorney R.F. Stein Jr. gave updates on two dilapidated properties, including a home at 2106 Mt. Vernon Ave. which has been purchased for back taxes. The new owner of the property has not received the deed due to a standard waiting period so the sale has not been finalized yet. Another eyesore property on Ohio Street has also been purchased in the same manner for back taxes.
Randy Hall, the new city inspector was also introduced at the meeting. At this meeting in addition to Billings, Rulen and Stein, City Clerk Amber Tatterson, council members Janet Hartley, Charles Towner, Elizabeth Jones, Bob Doeffinger, Allen Moran, Keith Sargent, Charles Garland, Rick Simpkins, City Accountant Shannon Pearson and Administrative Assistant Teka McCauley.
More on this week’s meeting in an upcoming edition of the Point Pleasant Register.
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