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Nebraska City News-Press - Nebraska City, NE
  • Talmage urges action against collapsing Main Street buildings

  • Gene Snyder of the Talmage Village Board told county commissioners Tuesday that the village's patience is being tried as it waits for demolition of partially collapsed buildings on Main Street.Snyder said the board is primarily interested in removing public safety hazards on lots 5-8 on the west side of street....
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  • Gene Snyder of the Talmage Village Board told county commissioners Tuesday that the village's patience is being tried as it waits for demolition of partially collapsed buildings on Main Street.
    Snyder said the board is primarily interested in removing public safety hazards on lots 5-8 on the west side of street.
    The front on one of the buildings has already collapsed, causing bricks to stream out onto the sidewalk. The floor of the building also buckled, so many of the bricks pushed back from the sidewalk fell into the basement.
    The town put up a snow fence in front of the building, but Snyder said it remains a safety hazard.
    "The locals all know to be careful around these buildings, but a visitor might not. Children could walk through the rubbish and fall directly into the basement," he said.
    Snyder said the dilapidated buildings are an obstacle to progress.
    "We want to rebuild Main Street. Our goal is to bring Talmage back to life," he said.
    Snyder said actions against the buildings has stalled since a sheriff's sale was scheduled in 2008.
    Otoe County Attorney David Partsch said the sale was held, but there were no bidders.
    Ideally, he said, the Otoe County Land Reutilization Commission would bid on the property to put the land in government control, but for some reason it did not bid in 2008.
    Three of the lots are involved in two different bankruptcy actions and Partsch said the bankruptcy courts need to give their approval before a new tax sale can be scheduled.
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