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Lyons City Council Rejects Proposal for Building Donations

– The Lyons City Council Monday night rejected the proposed donation of two buildings on the southwest corner of the square damaged during the 2018 demolition of the former Bolton Building to the north. The Council also directed proceedings be started to order repair of demolition of the buildings.

Council members Doug Higgins and Fred Long said many constituents they spoke with opposed the city taking over ownership of the properties. The general feeling was due to insurance proceeds both owners received following lengthy litigation those funds should be used for demolition rather than the city having to pay for it.

Gayle Schubert, who owns the 121 property, last week told City Administrator Chad Buckley she would not pay the city for fencing it installed around that building. Schubert’s argument was that had the city allowed use of cattle panels instead of the fencing it purchased to restrict pedestrian access, her son could have used them after the matter concluded.

The Council also set July 5

show cause hearings on three properties declared unsafe and dangerous. The properties at 115 N. Douglas, 122 N. Pioneer, and 207 N. Pioneer, are in the area targeted under a Community Development Block Grant which has funds allocated for demolition.