• Roger Sims, Journal Staff

La Cygne council orders demolition after wall collapses

Updated: Sep 22

LA CYGNE – In an emergency session on Tuesday, Aug. 30, the La Cygne City Council voted to take steps to demolish a vacant house after one of its exterior walls collapsed out away from the building the previous day.

The house at 402 S. Broadway had been on the radar of the City Codes Officer Allison Fox for more than a year, according to City Clerk Jodi Wade. Fox was in the process of presenting the property for the council to consider condemnation proceeding.

At Tuesday’s midday meeting, Fox showed the council photos of the collapsed wall and some interior photos she had taken as well.

Because of the immediate danger the building posed, the council voted to proceed with demolition of the structure. According to Wade the house has been vacant for quite some time.

Jim Thompson with La Cygne-based Double Eagle Excavating was at the meeting and presented Mayor Debra Wilson with a sealed bid for removal of the structure. The bid was for $16,400.

Thompson over the past few weeks has done a demolition and removal project for the city and officials have been pleased with the condition he left the lot in following the demolition. Council members voted to approve the bid.

The city plans to apply to the Linn County Commissioners to waive fees on dumping the demolished structure in the county’s construction-demolition landfill.

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