The City Commission of Arkansas City will consider a consent agenda item tonight that would allow the city to assess amounts it is owed to property taxes.

City HallThe two properties to be assessed are at 110 E. Adams Ave. and 727 N. Second St. They were torn down last October and this January, respectively.

Both demolitions were paid for by the city after the buildings were declared dangerous structures.

The building at 110 E. Adams was demolished at a cost of $36,480.26. The owner of the property is Diana (Kelley) Williams, owner of First Intermark Corp.

The second building was demolished after it was completely engulfed in fire, at a cost of $13,701.30. This property is owned by Isidro Hernandez.

110 E. Adams

In November 2014, the Arkansas City Historic Preservation Board approved the demolition of the structure at 110 E. Adams Ave.

The brick building was located behind a vacant store building at the corner of Adams and Summit Street.

It was declared a dangerous structure by Travis Guess, the city’s code enforcement officer at the time.

Guess inspected it after a break-in and found one of its walls was buckling. The structure also had sustained damage in a fire that occurred in the early 1960s.

The historic board approved the demolition by a 4-0 vote.

After the board approved the demolition, the owner of the property had the right to appeal the board’s decision to the City Commission. No such appeal was filed.

Last October, city officials observed that the building’s glass windows had shattered outward after an earthquake. Concerned that a structural collapse was possible just before Arkalalah, they declared the structure an imminent danger and commenced tearing it down immediately. Several bills to Diana Williams have gone unpaid.

727 N. Second St.

An early morning fire on Jan. 28 left the home at 272 N. Second St. uninhabitable.

Despite the lack of smoke alarms in the home, one of the children was able to wake the rest of the family in time to escape the structure.

The structure was a total loss, according to the Arkansas City Fire-EMS Department.

Fire Chief Bobby Wolfe indicated the primary concern was that the structure was weak enough to collapse, including a free-standing chimney that remained after the flames were out. The structure was demolished later that week.

The city has been unable to collect on its costs because the owner did not have homeowners insurance.

Other business

The commission also will consider the following items tonight:

  • The designation of the official city newspaper.
  • A resolution authorizing an agreement with Union Pacific Railroad Company for the purchase of 7.24 acres, for an amount not to exceed $30,000.
  • A recommendation from the Arkansas City Planning Commission to modify Article 25 of the Zoning Regulations to combine the Board of Zoning Appeals and the Planning Commission, and amending Arkansas City Municipal Code to so reflect.