Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Shawnee County to Take Up Proposed Demolition of Burned Building

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Shawnee County to Take Up Proposed Demolition of Burned Building

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The proposed distribution of grant funding to Topeka neighborhoods and the awarding of a bid to raze a burned building are among matters local governing bodies plan to take up this coming week.

The Shawnee County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday in its chambers in Room B-11 of the County Courthouse, 200 S.E. 7th, while the Topeka City Council will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in its chambers at 214 S.E. 8th.

Commissioners will consider accepting the low bid of $6,800 from Tecumseh-based Scotty Wilson Enterprises to contract with the county to demolish a burned home at 5132 S.E. 4th Terrace in Tecumseh and remove all nuisance conditions there, including debris, trash and obnoxious vegetation.

Topeka Capital-Journal archives show the house sustained significant damage during a fire in October 2013.

Shawnee County District Court records show the county last February filed suit against the property's owners -- the late Dennis Smith, the late Mary Smith and their heir, Dan Smith -- which resulted in a district judge's order in July that the building be torn down.

"The defendants have been provided more than the requisite amount of time to carry out the Court's Order and have failed to do so," assistant county counselor Ashley Biegert told commissioners in a Nov. 10 memorandum.

Biegert's memo said the city of Topeka provided the county a list of the contractors the city uses for nuisance abatement and the county contacted all five contractors on that list, with Scotty Wilson Enterprises submitting the lowest and most responsive bid.

If the defendants fail to pay for the abatements, the county's costs for carrying them out are to be assessed to the taxes on the property, Biegert's memo said.

Commissioners also plan Tuesday to consider:

- Approving the temporary closing next month of three Shawnee County Health Agency clinics and programs to allow time to move each to a different location. …

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