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City has other buildings that need demolished

February 21, 2013
Morning Journal News

EAST LIVERPOOL - As another downtown building fell prey to age and deterioration Monday, a City Council member said others need to come down.

During Monday's council session, Councilman Sherrie Curtis said she had spent some time watching the demolition of the former Sherwin-Williams building on Fifth Street with mixed emotion.

Although lamenting the loss of another historic building in town due to the previous owner allowing it to deteriorate, Curtis urged Law Director Charles Payne to pursue existing teardown orders for other buildings that have also fallen into disrepair.

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With the former Sherwin-Williams building on the ground, a view of the antique mall is clearly visible from Fifth Street. Although lamenting the loss of a historic building, one city council member said other dilapidated buildings with tear-down orders need to be razed. (Photo by Jo Ann Bobby-Gilbert)

"There are too many buildings that have been allowed to go to seed and they need to come down," Curtis emphasized.

The Sherwin-Williams building's previous owner had been directed by the planning department to repair it but failed to do so. It eventually went to sheriff's sale but was not purchased, causing it to become the city's responsibility.

The city recently allowed ownership to transfer to Court Partners Inc., which is having it razed because of its deteriorated condition that has begun to affect the building next door that houses the Aronson, Fineman & Davis law firm.

The building was in the final stages of demolition Tuesday afternoon.

In other matters Tuesday, council approved an ordinance to pay two bills that had been submitted without a purchase order.

Councilman Ray Perorazio reported he had met with Mayor Jim Swoger, police Chief John Lane and other officials regarding what can be done about drug houses.

Perorazio said he will be speaking with the law director about the possibility of updating ordinances to allow for inspection of rental properties to help combat the problem.

Chief Lane reported on a search of the local high school Tuesday by several K-9 teams and said the city will have its own canine on duty by the end of April.



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