City protecting passersby from alleged building ills

Carol Townsend
City of Galva workers have installed orange fence in the rear of the former Best Building and cattle panels in front of the building, to help protect passersby. The city is in litigation with the owners and an inspection done by structural engineers found the building to have structural problems, according to Mayor Tom Hartman at the June 28 Galva city council meeting.

Mayor Tom Hartman told the Galva City Council on June 28 that the findings from structural engineers, who did an inspection of the former Best building east of the former Dollar General, say the building is structurally unsafe.

Hartman said he could not say much more about the matter since the city is in litigation proeceedings against the owners.

The city has purchased cattle panels and has securee the area around the building.

Hartman said the city will not purchase the structure.

He said it will also be costly to tear it down.

Hartman said city officials are afraid the building will fall and if it goes to the west, it will go onto Routes 34 and 17, which pass near the building.

Hartman said that the chimney on the structure is also ready to fall.

He said that visitors are also complaining and asking about the structure when staying at the Galva motel.