City will pursue demolitions through the courts

Carol Townsend
The former Best building on South Exchange Street is one of two buildings for which the City of Galva has begun demolition litigation proceedings.

The Galva City Council voted unanimously Monday night after an executive session to proceed with demolition litigation against the home owned by Loren Lambert at 514 E. Division and the former Best building at 301 S. Exchange owned by Allen and Rosie Goins.

City Administrator David Dyer said Tuesday that litigation is being pursued because neither Lambert nor the Goinses have responded to city-sent letters about what the city believes are unkempt and or unsafe issues at the properties. If the parties cannot agree on remedies, a judge may decide the issue, which could include demolition. 

In other business:

*Greg Peterson of Galva, co-chairman of the Citizens for Henry County Courthouse Renovation was present. He gave a presentation on why passage is needed of the proposed ¼ of 1 percent sales tax to help pay for repairs at the Henry County Courthouse. Voters will decide it at Tuesday’s General Primary Election.

*Alderman Doug Anderson asked when the work being done on the former Galva City Administration Building on Front Street, which is now the police station, will be completed by H and H Construction. Mayor Tom Hartman said John Hergert and Wiley Hartman (of H and H Construction) will be finished by the end of the week.

For more of this story, see the Jan. 28 Galva News.