City delays action on two structures

By Joseph Slacian

A decision on the fate of two structures in Wabash has been delayed until next week by the Wabash Board of Works and Public Safety.

Mike Galley, 1284 Willard Drive, and Jan Bailey, 20 W. Harrison St., must reappear before the board to learn the fate of a storage facility and a house, respectively.

The city was first notified of Galley’s shed in June and in July, city officials inspected the site and took photographs, according to Assistant Building Commissioner Terri Wilburn.

The city then sent Galley a letter asking him to remove or repair the “shed or lean-to” attached to the house.

The structure, according to Wilburn, has a roof that is caving in, is not sturdy and is beyond repair.

Galley told the board he is tending to the structure as much as his work schedule and finances allow.

He said he plans to reroof the structure and had estimates of between $2,500 and $5,000 to repair it. He said he couldn’t afford those costs, and plans to work on it bit by bit as time and money allow.

However, when pressed for a timeframe to get the work finished, he was unable to do so. He threw out the date of Dec. 31.

That prompted board member Todd Titus to tell Galley that it appears he has “not put a lot of thought” into the situation and that it is “not on the front burner” for him. That, Titus continued, makes him question whether Galley is serious about fixing the property.

Galley said he wants to work with the city and would like a list as to what exactly the city wants repaired.

The board ordered him to remove trash from the yard within 10 days and to seek estimates for repairing the structure by Nov. 1. He is to report back to Wilburn and Building Commissioner John Stephens with that information. The pair will keep the board updated before a decision is made.

As for Bailey, the board will likely decide at its Oct. 19 meeting to which firm will be awarded a contract to demolish the home.

The board received bids from Brainard Excavating and Hank’s Construction on Sept. 21. However, it didn’t take action on the bids in order to give Bailey a chance to privately get quotes and have the house razed. She didn’t do so. Rather, asked the board if it was possible to allow a contractor to come and remove the home’s limestone siding to preserve it for future use. Doing so, she said, also would help save dumping fees.

However, City Attorney Randi Zimmerman-Irgang noted, removing the limestone could also affect the bids to demolish the house, as the bids included the structure’s limestone fašade.

“I’d still like to fix the place,” Bailey said.

Posted on 2017 Oct 10