MIDDLESBORO — This property is condemned — or is it?
Middlesboro Code Enforcement Officer J.C. Meredith reported to city council Tuesday night on the status of 35 properties condemned by the city housing board in recent months, with at least 10 offending structures removed, but the status of several apparently still in limbo.
Properties that have been or are being removed following condemnation recently include: Boyd Hopper, 11 Street, behind Waffle King.
L&N Railroad Warehouse, North 19th Street.
Barbara Millet, 510 Manchester.
Barbara Millet, 512 Manchester.
Lillard Milligan, 105 Fleetwood Road.
Ernest and Judy Johnson, 626 S. 22nd St.
Steve, David and Jason Martin, 14th Street and Cumberland Avenue.
James Sparks, 132 Gumwood.
Dallas Shackelford, 315 Queensbury Ave.
Bertes and Delle Smith, 309 Rochester.
Some of the 10 properties listed above were among 21 properties that the city accepted bids for removal on last month. The status of the remainder on the list of 21 is as follows:
Leslie Carroll, 312 1/2 B North 27th St.; obtained permit to rebuild porch, roof, floor system March 5; apparent low bidder for removal, Henry Pruitt, $3,100.
Charles Collins, Winchester Avenue and 45th Street; attempting to rebuild as of March 13, apparent low bidder for removal, Bel, Inc, $5,950.
Billie Davis, c/o Nanie Russell, Route 3, Box 481 (Noetown Road), apparent low bidder for removal, Bel, Inc., $3,950.
Lawrence Fugate, 515 21st St.; trailer removed but debris needs removal; apparent low bidder for removal, Charles Sharpe, $864.
Generations Property Group, 215 S. 21st St.; bids sent to insurance company; apparent low bidder for removal, Henry Pruitt, $4.500.
Robert Hatfield, 109 Edgewood Road, bid faxed to attorney; apparent low bidder for removal, Henry Pruitt, $4,500.
Jake Est Harris, 720 Evans Drive, apparent low bidder for removal, Henry Pruitt, $3,200.
Paris Hill, 409 S. 38th St., clean up debris on ground; apparent low bidder for removal, Bel, Inc., $2,450.
Ollie/Alice Johnson, 2007 Chester Ave., 2B torn down, removal needed; apparent low bidder for removal, Bel, Inc., $3,980.
Grace Mackin, 723 Balmoral, apparent low bidder for removal, Environmental and Safety Management, $1,798.
Jeff Peck, 34th and Chester, bid to clean up debris, truck, landfill, trailer; apparent low bidder for removal, Bel, Inc., $1,250.
Emma Est Rains, 803 Evans Drive, apparent low bidder for removal, Henry Pruitt, $3,800.
Dorothy Smith, 201 S. 32nd St., apparent low bidder for removal, Henry Pruitt, $3,500.
Tri-State Outdoor Advertising, two billboards at Burger King, apparent low bidder, Charles Sharpe, $960.
Carl and Elizabeth Vaughn, 1909 Noetown Road, old store building; apparent low bidder, John Robert, $4,999.
Carl and Elizabeth Vaughn, 1915 Noetown Road, house; apparent low bidder, John Robert, $4,600.
Charles Albert York, 705 Dorchester, electric and plumbing inspection needed; apparent low bidder, Henry Pruitt, $2,800.
Charles Albert York, 709 Dorchester, needs electric and plumbing inspection and floor system; apparent low bidder, Henry Pruitt, $2,800.
Charles Albert York, 712 Dorchester, apparent low bidder, Henry Pruitt, $3,000.
Charles Albert York, 712 1/2 Dorchester, unfit but not unsafe; released from list; apparent low bidder, John Robert, $5,000.
Apparent low bidders are the lowest bid submitted, but not necessarily the final bid approved by city administration for the demolition project.
Other properties on the housing board’s list, with their current status, include:
Dustin Hickman, North 10th Street, permit to update.
Virgie McCarty, Balmoral Road by Miller Chapel Church, new owner to remove.
Harrell D. and Pauline Morris, 1104 Exeter Ave., repairing.
James and Dorothy Parker, 104 Bloomsbury Ave., new owner to repair.
Arch Redmond, 163 Brentwood, extension from court, permit to repair.
Arch Redmond, 108 Brentwood Circles, permit to repair.
Albert York, 109 Bellwood Road, permit to repair.
Jean Young, 24th and Exeter, repairing but not in timely manner, now in name of Ray and Judy Messer.
An owner who fails to remove or repair a structure in a timely and lawful manner will be given a citation to Bell County District Court. Upon conviction of a violation of the city housing code, a fine of not less than $100 and not more than $500 shall be assessed in addition to any and all statutory penalties.
If demolition or cleanup of a property does not take place and the city hires an outside party to do the work, the cost will be added to the property owner’s tax bill. Meredith said that putting some properties up for bid can act as an incentive for a property owner to take care of the problem at his or her own expense, often for less cost than they would pay if the city took care of the demolition.
James-Clifton Spires is senior staff writer for the Daily News. His e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.