The building permit for a partially completed storage building on Lake Street has expired and the Cherokee City Council members would like to know what the options are for dealing with the property.
The property belongs to Ron Strickland, former city administrator. A building permit is good for two years and costs about $78. Strickland no longer resides in the area. He can be reached through a post office address in another state.
Council members discussed the possibility of sending a letter to Strickland requesting that he pay for a new building permit. However, if Strickland bought another building permit he would have another two years to complete the building.
The council members want to know what the options are regarding the property if a new building permit is not obtained, whether the partially completed building can be demolished and the cost assessed against the property. They also want to know whether Strickland has to be offered the opportunity to purchase another building permit or the city can proceed with demolition.
There was concern expressed for the safety of the structure, particularly what the roofing material would do in a strong wind.
The city attorney, Wally Miller, Jr., will look into the matter.
Rich Cook, member of the city administrator search committee, reported that there have been a dozen people so far who have applied for the position of city administrator. Of these, three are worthy of serious consideration.
Cook said the committee also plans to initiate contact with some individuals who do not respond to an advertisement.
The committee will submit four names to the city council and then its part of the process is over.
Cook noted that the process of checking out candidates is delicate since some of them do not want their current employers to know they are looking for other employment.
City council members will be participating 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 12 in a walk through of the community center with an architect to consider structural needs.
The city council has been discussing the possibility of a bond issue for long-delayed repairs and improvements.
Scheduling the walk through was the only matter addressed for the brief discussion of the community center at the Cherokee City Council meeting on Tuesday.
John Cook updated the council on plans to make improvements at the pool in order to avert runoff water from contaminating the new aquatic center. He also updated the council on current use of the facility, including regular use by PE classes at Washington High School.
The council will invite a representative of the Siouxland Interstate Metropolitan Planning Council (SIMPCO) to discuss the services provided by the organization. SIMPCO does grant writing, feasibility studies and other services for cities and counties.
Cherokee had dropped membership several years ago when the administrator retired and there were problems with the service. The county belongs to SIMPCO and the city has indirectly used SIMPCO for at least one project undertaken by the county.
The annual dues for membership in SIMPCO by Cherokee County would be $2,732.
Department heads will be directed to inventory everything other than buildings and permanent fixtures with a value of more than $150. It was noted that there hasn't been an inventory for over 10 years.