Nine more dilapidated and burned structures to be torn down

Nine more dilapidated or burned structures are scheduled for demolition after the Taft City Council approved a $75,000 bid last week.

The structures include two left uninhabitable after a two-alarm fire in May.

The Council unanimously approved the $75,532 bid from NSM Recycling the lowest responsive bidder. Eight of the properties are privately owned and the ninth is a city-owned structure at the southwest corner of Fourth and Main.

The privately owned structures are at 204 North, 205 North, 523 North, 527 North, 716 North, 314 South Tenth, 323 Lucard and 409 Wildcat Way.

The structures on the 500 block of North Street were damaged in a two-alarm fire on May 20. One of the structures was abandoned and had been broken into a used by transients numerous times. The other structure had a business in front with an occupied dwelling in the area.

When the demotion is completed, property owners will be billed by the city. If the bill is not paid within 30 days, liens will be brought to the city council.

In addition to the cost to NSM, the city will pay $16,000 for environmental testing and abatement.

In a related move at the Oct. 20 meeting, the council approved lacing liens on nine properties with nuisances abated a taxpayers expense.
The work ranged from cutting weeds to removing a foundation, City Manager Craig Jones said.