GIRARD — The Girard City Council opened public hearings for the condemnation of three properties at its regular meeting Monday.
No residents spoke for or against the condemnation of properties at 613 E. Walnut and 505 S. Cherokee, and the council approved resolutions to condemn both properties after closing the hearings.
Jason Diskin said a structure located at 619 S. Burnett Street would be torn down within 180 days. Diskin said the council may approve a resolution for condemnation — which gives him the time to remove the structure — in case it was not down within the time frame.
The council approved the resolution for condemnation.
The council accepted the resignation of School Resource Officer and Patrolman Bryan Burks. Police Chief Jeff McDonald said he will narrow down applicants for the position — which will also be open to current Girard Police Department officers — then work with Girard USD 248 Superintendent Blaise Bauer to select the final applicant to hire.
Craw Kan Plant Superintendent Bob Guilfoyle reported on Craw Kan’s summer plans to finish its fiber-to-home build out in Girard. The company received a Farm Bill Broadband Loan through the United States Department of Agriculture, which it will use to provide fiber to 5,000 homes in the next five years.
Girard will be the first town in Crawford County to be completely fiber, followed by Arma and Franklin as part of the Craw Kan build.
Guilfoyle said fiber should be up and running in all three communities in about a year, depending on winter weather.
“It’s going to be a lot of work, but we’re excited for it,” he said. “We’re going to be turning a lot of dirt around town, but we’ll put everything back like it was, we’re just asking that people bear with us while we get this finished.”
Craw Kan asked the city to approve permits allowing the company to cross highways within city limits. The council authorized Chairman Danny Murray to sign the permits.
The council scheduled a budget workshop for 6:30 p.m. on July 5. The council will use the time to tweak the proposed budget for next year.
The council also approved an advertisement for its city administrator position, which will be vacant after current City Administrator Chris Weiner’s last day July 13.
— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.