Hearings for four unsafe buildings dominated the discussion of the Brazil Board of Public Works and Safety at its Tuesday meeting.
Mayor Tom Arthur, City Attorney Joe Trout, Clerk-Treasurer Tracy Webster and members Bill Lovett and John Nelson heard the testimonies of Planning Administrator Michele Driscoll, Building Inspector Ron Keen, Det. Marty Beasley and resident William Robert Sanders.
The board voted to allow Sanders, who was representing his mother, Ethel Sanders, and aunt, Hazel Jones, additional time to remove debris surrounding the structure deemed unsafe at 523 S. Sherman St. If it hasn't been cleared by 9 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 20, the board will not allow a four-week extension, which would enable him to demolish the structure himself.
Beasley explained that while the house was subject to two arson-related fires at the end of October, destruction of the dwelling will not impede the investigation, which remains open.
Meanwhile, the last known owners of unsafe structures at 928 S. Morgan St., 903 W. Church St., and 722 S. Leavitt St. were not present for the hearings. The board voted to remove the structures from all three properties. No hearing was requested regarding a property cleanup order at 310 N. Leavitt St.