Two houses set for demolition in Grantville
by Clay Neely
Two houses in Grantville are set to be demolished following a unanimous resolution passed by Grantville City Council on Monday.
After repeated, unsuccessful attempts to contact the owners via certified mail, the two houses – at 119 Meriwether St. and 43 LaGrange St. – are scheduled for demolition within the next 90 days.
Tim Dean, Grantville code enforcement officer, explained in detail the state of dilapidation that has made both homes a danger. Using seven points of consideration, Dean declared repair of both homes would be unfeasible.
“These homes have growth into and throughout the house,” Dean said. “There is considerable rotting portions of both homes. Windows and doors have been broken, kicked down, and are gone.”
About the home on Meriwether Street, Dean reported the ceiling has caved in and, due to an infestation of termites, could not support someone walking on the floorboards.
Dean can’t estimate the cost of demolition on both houses until sealed bids have been submitted.
At the end of the meeting, both Council Member Johnny Cooks and Mayor Jim Sells expressed their frustration with the city council regarding the ongoing process of hiring a city manager – a position open since May, when Johnny Williams was fired.
Since Williams’ termination, Sells has been acting as the interim city manager.
“We are trying to manage this city without a city manager,” Cooks said. “We have SPLOST funds, repairs, and strategic planning which needs to be addressed and not one person has come forward with solutions. This is unacceptable. If the citizens want to talk about something, let’s talk about what’s not getting done. This isn’t government working. This is ineptitude.”
Cooks chastised three of the council members for their lack of engagement in regards to the reviewing of applicants.
“At our last meeting, we picked a very qualified candidate and there was no motion to move forward,” Cooks said. “I would hope that the citizens would speak to our council about hiring a city manager.”
Sells agreed with Cooks, citing his disappointment with the lack of action by the city council in hiring a new city manager.
“I’ve been acting as city manager since May and I’m not qualified,” Sells said. “It’s a nightmare and our city needs a professional. I can only hope we can get that someone soon.”