GIRARD — The Girard City Council moved toward condemning buildings on four properties at its regular meeting Monday.
The council conducted a public hearing for the condemnation of a building at 602 E. Antelope Street. No community members attended the meeting to contest, so the council passed a resolution to condemn the building.
“We are giving the owner of the property notice, and they will have until August to make repairs or tear down the building,” City Administrator Chris Weiner said. “If they do not, the city will take over.”
The council passed three resolutions to establish public hearings for other properties. Hearings will take place concerning properties at 505 S. Cherokee, 613 S. Walnut and 619 S. Burnett.
On the lighter side of building improvement, the council awarded American Family Insurance a facade grant through the Downtown Facade Program, which awards funds for repair and beautification to business fronts on the Girard square. The program was created in conjunction with the city’s Streetscape project.
The council tabled several topics until its next meeting, including several appointments and an ordinance that would establish a land bank for the city.
The council also tabled discussion about the search for a new city administrator following Weiner’s last day in July.
The council approved the hiring of several lifeguards for the municipal pool, which opens Memorial Day weekend.
City department heads submitted budget requests for the upcoming fiscal year.
— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.