City taking aim at unkempt properties

Carol Townsend

The Galva City Council said Monday night it’s time to deal with some unkempt properties.

The council will send letters to eight residential and one business owner, telling them to clean up their properties. The city is also working with three others on properties that need immediate attention.

“These properties are taking the town down,” it was said, with many council members agreeing.

Several aldermen said it’s past time dealing with this, tiring of hearing from citizens about the matter.

The letters will state that if something isn’t done to satisfy the council in 30 days, the city will take the owners to court for demolition proceedings.

The locations are:

112 NE Second Ave.

417 SE First St.

219 SE 3rd St.

514 E. Division

211 SE 4th St.

306 SW 4th St.

116 SW 4th St.

810 SW 2nd St.

former Best Building on the corner of South Exchange and Market streets.

The owner of two properties - one on Southwest 4th Avenue and one on Southwest Second Avenue - is working with the city.

The twelfth property is on Northeast Second Street. It is vacant and the out-of-town owner is co-operating fully with the city and trying to get possession of the personal property so cleanup can progress.

For more from Monday's Galva City Council meeting, see the June 25 Galva News.