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Council deals with condemned property

While the recent focus of Atmore officials has been the rebuilding of downtown, the city’s governing body dealt with demolition during the major portion of its March 12 meeting.

The council paved the way for liens against two pieces of property on which all standing structures have already been demolished and approved the demolition of the structures on a third piece of property.

“There are two separate resolutions, for the same thing on two separate properties,” explained Codes Enforcement Officer Chris Black of the first two of the trio of related items. “I’m asking that you approve the cost reports on these properties. Both of them were torn down in December.”

Staff reported that legal fees, tearing down of the structure and other costs came to $3,314.41 for the property at 0 Hollis Street, and that the costs associated with the demolition at 610 Perch Street came to $5,118.16. The city will place liens on both properties.

Council members then voted to approve demolition of all structures at 154 Trout Street.

“The notification was issued and expired on March 10,” Black reported. “I need you to declare the structure a public nuisance and order its removal.”

Dale Ash, one of four local National Day of Prayer Committee members who attended the meeting, outlined the activities for this year’s observance

She said the initial service would be at 10:15 a.m. Thursday, May 3, at city hall. The community prayer service and scripture readings will be held at 5:30 p.m. at Escambia County High School’s Cornell Torrence Gymnasium, and a special children’s service, with Miss Flippy Toes, will start at 4:30 p.m. outside the gym.

NDOP committee members at the council meeting, from left, Dale Ash, Thelma Powers, Edna Powers, Peggy Weaver

In other business, the council:

* Approved a request by Emilee Waters on behalf of Atmore Leadership 2018 to block off the section of Church Street from United Bank Incubator Bldg. to Frontier Communications for its Thursday, April 12, Chicken on Church fundraiser, which will feature the sale of chicken plates, beer and wine.

* Announced that Robert Harrison plans to feed all local firefighters, police officers and ambulance personnel on June 9. The special meal will be held in the prayer walk at First Assembly of God Church, South Main Street.

The mayor and council, along with Police Chief Chuck Brooks, then went into executive session to discuss “a person’s good name.” The session lasted about five minutes, after which the mayor asked for comments or questions from the public. There being none, the meeting was adjourned.