The Trenton Building and Nuisance Board last evening voted to refer four residential properties for legal action after members were told nothing was being done to make improvements or clean up.
Referred to the city attorney are 1109 Merrill and 402 West 12th Street owned by Clarence Leonard, 1005 West Crowder Road owned by Bobby Burkeybile, and 402 East 17th owned by Penny Bell. The board also voted to declare as a nuisance, 1913 Lulu owned by John Hansen. The board accepted a request to allow 60 days to have a house at 416 West 13th Court torn down – owned by Wilma Bush.
Building Inspector Donnie Vandevender reported Forefront Environmental Services is scheduled to be in Trenton within the first two weeks of March to abate asbestos from structures identified for demolition.
Board Chairman Stan Lowrey also publicly thanked the City Council for including 501 Main in the building demolition program this year – despite the project increasing the city’s cost-share to $500 above the budgeted $20,000 for six locations.
Member of the building board, Scott Blair, announced he’ll be stepping down as fourth ward councilman once work is complete on the next city budget. He said the family will be moving to Clinton where his wife, Doctor Jennifer Blair, will be employed.