Time runs out for owner of Mammoth Spring building
CONDEMNED: This building located on Main Street in Mammoth Spring was voted condemned at the Feb. 5 Mammoth Spring City Council. The building is owned by Wayne Michaels and in the past housed the business Michaels' Antiques. Photo Sisk/Lawrence
MAMMOTH SPRING -- The Mammoth Spring City Council passed a new ordinance Feb. 5 condemning a building on Main Street.
The building once housed Michaels Antiques. It is owned by Wayne Michaels' and is located at Third and Main Street.
"The city has notified Mr. Michaels many times the last three years, by certified mail, that the building is unsafe," Mayor Jean Pace told the council.
Pace said Michaels addressed the council last March and assured them he would have the building repaired by the end of May 2006.
That never happened.
Pace said the city hired the Smith Company engineering firm from Poplar Bluff, Mo., to do an assessment of the building in December 2005. "That was when we actually determined the building was unsafe. The engineers said the facades on both the northwest and northeast corners of the building have significant cracks and are separated from the rest of the building," the mayor said.
Other problems found during the assessment include: several sections of wall that have brick missing with the bearing wall exposed; wide spread deterioration of the mortar of the building; bricks that have shifted and are hanging out from the facade; and a large portion of the parapet has collapsed onto the roof.
Pace said three private citizens also did assessments on the building and they also determined the building unsafe.
"We did this as a last resort. The city does not want to be in the business of taking over aging property," Pace said.
In other city council business, Pace told the council the city owes $57,621 on the original wastewater treatment plant and said that it will be paid off in April 2013.
"The city also owes $35,000 to Arkansas Rural Development for improvements made to the wastewater treatment plant in 1985. That will be paid off in 2011," Pace told the council.
The council voted to approve the appointment of several new members to the city Advertising and Promotions Commission. The appointments were Carol Howell, Bonnie Gildersleeve, Jimmy Smith and Paula Smith.