Work to start soon on Eaton building
Heinen Custom Operations used their SkyTrak to clear the debris from the interior of a dilapidated business building on Broadway in Valley Falls. Years of rain pouring in through the roof caused the top floor to collapse.
by Clarke Davis
Work was to begin this week to clean up and preserve the business property at 417 Broadway in Valley Falls.
The council, in special session Monday night, accepted the deed to the building, a gift from the Eaton family who last resided in the structure.
In so doing, the council will pay $1,760.14 in back taxes.
The council also approved starting Phase I, the cleanup, which is not to exceed $15,000.
City administrator Chris Channell was attempting to complete the paper work and get the deed filed Tuesday so that the cleanup work could begin.
This includes the removal of all debris from behind 415 and 417 Broadway, removal of trees, removal of the damaged portion of the roof, and the back wall down to the main floor.
Doug Wildeman of Heinen Custom Operations is doing the work.
“This will also give HCO a better idea on how to proceed and what the cost will be for Phase II—closing up the structure,” Channell said.
The council’s main item of business Monday was interviewing candidates for the part-time police officer vacancies to be filled.
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