February 10, 2011

Properties subject of possible condemnation action

Properties subject of possible condemnation action

By ALLAN TINKER
In an issue that may take a different turn of events before closure, First District Health representatives, Jim Heckman and Jake Windsor, as well as Sheridan County State’s Attorney Jerod Tufte, met with Sheridan County Commissioners on Feb. 1 at the regular monthly meeting to address several buildings in disrepair on Goodrich’s main street. Also present was Goodrich local resident Robert Welch, who purchased an adjoining building, the former Doering’s Grocery, at the Sheridan County tax sale.
Welch was offering to demolish the buildings and to salvage what he could find a use for. He also offered to leave some of the brick and other historic mementoes for a possible brick monument or other such use.
Welch also offered to put up six-foot chain link fences around the property, citing concern for possible trespassing and injury to youth and others who might be seeking to see what is in the open-to-the-air buildings.
Welch stated he would have the buildings “on the ground and gone” in answer to Commission Chairman Howard Erdmann’s question on a time frame for the demolition.
Welch was also advised that the county’s authority ends with protecting the public from hazards and that they do not own the contents to the buildings. It would be two years before the county could actually get title to the property.
 


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