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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Property issue creates stir in Carrier Mills

  • A property at U.S. Route 45 and Main Street occupied discussions of the Carrier Mills Village Board Tuesday.
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  • A property at U.S. Route 45 and Main Street occupied discussions of the Carrier Mills Village Board Tuesday.
    The first item on the agenda was an address to the board by Fred Hutson, owner of the property. The building has been missing its roof for some time and recent wind damage had caused the front wall to collapse.
    Hutson had been served with a summons regarding the unsafe condition of the property. Addressing the board, Hutson asked who had filed the complaint leading to the issuing of the summons. Village attorney Fred Turner explained that the Village had filed the complaint and that the property was “still a problem.”
    Hutson stated he had spent over $22,000 on the building so far and questioned what the problem was. Board member Jennifer O’Neil pointed out this was an ongoing issue and there had been, “No action, no resolution” to the condition of the building.
    Hutson responded angrily that the building “was as safe as any building in town!” After a heated exchange between O’Neil and Hutson, Mayor Louis Shaw asked Hutson if he had a request or proposal about the situation.
    Hutson stated he had been unable to obtain a contractor and had decided to repair the building himself.
    Village attorney Fred Turner asked Hutson when he would start repairs. Hutson could not give a specific date, stating that other areas in town were more unsafe and he would do everything in his power “to keep you people from tearing the building down!”  He asked the board to set aside action until he could complete repairs.
    Shaw asked for a motion to delay action. No motion was made and Shaw announced the matter would proceed.
    In other action the board:
    Approved enforcement of the 100 foot restriction on election signs in front of the polling place at the municipal building.
    Approved the current level of Christmas bonuses for city workers.
    Approved the proposed tax levy.
    Denied an application for a mobile home permit to Michael Mann.
    Approve the employment of Autumn Fugate as a part-time secretary for the Carrier Mills Police Department.

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