City staff predicted that the demolition of the property would cost between $ 15,000 and $ 25,000 in CBDG funds, according to documents provided to council.
Council members were reluctant to use CBDG funds for this or other properties to be demolished, preferring to let the owner pay the cost or ask the city to buy the property in order to control the maintenance and future of the property. demolished site.
“If we’re going to do this, I don’t want it all to happen again,” board member Nancy Mulcahey said. “And I know it’s probably a staffing situation, you don’t have someone there every day. But my concern is more about what will happen after the fact. Will there still be some rotten landlords, or, or rental property owners all of a sudden, we’ll be in the same situation not today, but years from now? “
Due to the stipulations of the grant, the money only applies to assets that the city does not own, and city administrator Doug Maxeiner said that due to limited city funds, the “carrot” approach of the city purchasing the property would have limited capacity.
Maxeiner proposed adding low income verification guidelines to seek help from the city’s CBDG. City staff had yet to develop guidelines, he said, but Mulcahey said she would be willing to support the use of federal grant money with those income thresholds.