Lynne Hermansen
Special To The Gardner News
The Edgerton council voted at their Dec. 10 meeting to extend a contract with owners of an unfit and dangerous structure for six more months.
Juan Abundiz and Vicente Hernandez purchased the home at 502East 2nd Street. The owners have been refurbishing the property since the Summer.
Katy Crow, development services director, said progress has been made to restore the house to its glory days.
Crow said all subfloors, the foundation and new header beams had been replaced.
Abundiz said they were currently working on a new roof and siding, but they are waiting on materials to start work on the exterior of the home next month.
“I appreciate the steps forward,” Don Roberts, mayor, said. “I’m interested in making sure it gets done.”
Clay Longanecker, council member, said the new owners had done a quality job, and he was impressed.
Ron Cronus, council member, said he appreciated the job the owners were doing to reclaim the house.
Crow said the house was still considered unsafe and unfit to live in, and the city still has to declare the structure unfit.
“We will monitor the progress and steps forward to keep owners accountable,” she said.
Roberts said he recommended extending the contract for six more months with updates every month.
“It takes time and is harder than building a home,” he said. “Weather conditions are coming into Winter and safety is important.”
Abundiz said the house will be liveable in six months, but the exterior progress is slower and harder.
Edgerton also passed several other items at the meeting:
-Development fees for the new Johnson County Fire District 1 building at 191st and Essex streets were waived.
-Council members consented to the bond agreement transferring industrial revenue bond responsibilities from EHLC 21 to USPS. The 200,000 building sits in the Intermodal Industrial Park.
-The city agreed to retain Johnson County Sheriff’s Department Law Enforcement Services for 2021. The services are the same received for 2020.
-The 207th Street Grade Separation Project is scheduled to begin in 2021. The city voted to relocate and reimburse KPC Pipeline, LLC the estimated $448,000. Three pipelines cross Edgerton from north to south between West 4th Street and West 3rd Street. KPC Pipeline or their designee is required to conduct any work on these pipelines. Dan Merkh, public works officer, said funds are returned to the City if KPC Pipeline goes under price and the city attorney has to approve first.
-Inoperable or junk vechicles on private property will now have to pay for a $250 restoration permit for three months. Violators will receive a citation to appear for a hearing with the governing body.
“You can’t leave a junk car out under the guise of restoration,” Crow said.
-A last minute addition to the meeting agenda for annexation of two land tracts to Edgerton City limits was approved. Both land tracts reside at 199th Street and Gardner Road.