City council votes to condemn Goddard property

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By Nancy D. Borst
TSnews

GODDARD – The Goddard City Council at its July 6 meeting took final action on a nuisance property that has been on the city’s radar for more than six months.
The council voted unanimously to sign a resolution condemning the property at 101 N. Cedar. The action gives the property owner 14 days to pull a demolition permit and demolish the structure within 60 days. Failure to take this action will result in the city razing the property and putting a lien on the property for that cost.
The city’s code enforcement officer first investigated the property in November 2020. A public hearing was held March 15, 2021 at which the property owner, who now lives out of state, said he had a buyer that would bring the property into compliance with his help. However, the council later was told that that deal had fallen through. The city reinspected the property April 29 and in mid-May, the council scheduled the July 6 public hearing to reconsider condemnation.
The city has some options if it razes the property. A lien for the city’s expense would still leave the property in the current owner’s hands. The city could file a lawsuit to foreclose on the property and force a sheriff’s sale. Any proceeds from that sale would first be used to repay the city. The city also could pursue imminent domain to take possession of the property. Planning and zoning director Micah Scoggan told the council that action would require another public hearing.
During the public comment portion of the meeting, a local business owner told the council he has contacted the current property owner and is interested in buying it to use for his business. That would require a rezoning, as the property is zoned residential.
The council also dealt with a request from the organizers of the Summer Ball Showdown baseball tournament to waive the city’s sound ordinance and allow fireworks on Aug. 6 and 7 at the tournament. The city agreed to both requests so the tournament can include concerts and fireworks displays on those two evenings. However, the council added a stipulation that both activities be finished by 11 p.m.
The tournament will be held Aug. 4-8 at the Goddard Genesis Baseball diamonds and is expected to draw as many as 21,000 people over the five-day period.
In other business, the council:
• Approved a resolution authorizing sale of temporary general obligation notes to finance infrastructure improvements for Phase 2 of the Arbor Creek Addition.
• Approved purchasing a new HVAC unit for the city’s chlorine building. The winning bid of $5,150 was submitted by local company T&T Heating and Air. This cost will be paid from the water reserve fund.