The Cherokee City Council considered the fate of unoccupied residences during the Monday evening meeting.
A residence at 343 East Cedar where large numbers of cats were held is not deemed habitable. Structurally, the building is fairly good shape.
The council discussed the possibility of giving the building away to someone who would demolish it for materials, reducing costs to the city. Ron Johnson, council member cautioned that in the past, such agreements have resulted in repeated requests for extensions.
A property at 317 East Main Street has been abandoned by the owner and the finance company that has a lean on the property has no interest in assuming ownership. Attempts to contact the owner at the last known address in Arizona have been unsuccessful. It was noted that the property taxes have been paid up.
The city administrator, Ron Strickland, has been directed to look into who has been paying the taxes.
The city has been asked to take possession of 317 East Main. The owner is now in a nursing home.
Ramona Nitz requested that the city contact Bert Bieler, owner of Iowa Native Woods located in the former Wilson School building. The Bieler family lives in the building as well as conducts a business selling lumber, sawmills and furniture made at the location.
According to Nitz, Bieler is in violation of an agreement when he started the business not to store material or equipment outside of the building. Nitz said unless something is done to approve the appearance of the property, there is no point in spending any money for beautification of the town.
On a similar note, Marty Zauhar, suggested that the city increase efforts at cleaning up the nuisance properties scattered around town.
The council approved going to bid for replacing concrete on a portion of West Indian Drive and doing storm sewer work. The engineer's estimate for the project is $127,280.
The city approved a bid from Cahoy Well and Pump of Friedericksburg, Iowa, for work on the city well pump 11. The bid was accepted based on the lower cost for parts. The extent of the repairs needed will not be known until the pump is pulled and examined, so the total cost of the project is not known.