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Feel the Earth move!

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Brazil City employee John Sutherland works on demolishing a home at 815 W. North St. The house was condemned in late 2007, but the city recently purchased a "claw" to help make demolishing the homes easier. Brazil City Planning Administrator Michele Altman told The Brazil Times the "claw" acts like a clamp to help place debris in a dumpster. Prior to purchasing the item, the city had to contract the work, which cost a minimum of $7,000, Altman said. The "claw" addition cost the city $2,500. Altman said there are currently eight city homes ready to go in front of the Board of Works for demolition and at least 12 more the city building inspector will look at soon for recommendation.

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It's nice that the city is wanting to clean up these old eye sores. I only wish that when the city acquires these empty lots (some at no cost at all) they would donate a few lots to Habitat for Humanity, instead of selling the property to them. That organization if providing a wonderful service and I wish the city would be more helpful. I would think that they would rather donate the lot and have the new property owners pay taxes on it, than have a bunch of empty lots that the city then has to maintain. Maybe if they donated a few of these lots to HFH they could afford to build more, thus more tax revenue. Instead they sell them "A" lot,at what I believe, is an unfair price. Just something to ponder mayor!

-- Posted by Icareaboutbrazil on Fri, Jan 25, 2008, at 6:23 AM

I am very glad to see our city has continued to be aggressive in the endeavor to demolish these eyesore properties. Keep up the good work!!!!!

-- Posted by Gizmo on Fri, Jan 25, 2008, at 8:54 AM

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