BOONE, Iowa—The Boone City Council last week quickly accepted a bid for the demolition of five residential properties within the city. Boone Mayor John Slight says dealing with the nuisence complaints on these and similar properties has been an on going problem. Slight says part of the problem has been keeping money in the line item to be used for demolition and cleanup. The other part, was having the staff to handle the cases. Since it has been turned over to the Public Safety Department, specifically Police Chief Bill Skare and the Community Service Officer, quite a bit of progress has been made. Slight says the Council remained committed and kept the funding in place. The five properties targeted this year are 417 and 423 Main Street, 918 5th Street, 1316 Story Street and 205 17th Street. Slight says three of the property owners agreed to pay a reduced price for demolition, which the city will subsidize. When the paper work is completed, the other two properties will belong to the city and will be resold. Slight says several contractors submitted bids for the work and Wisecup Trucking of Ogden was the successful bidder at $27,700. He says this round of demolition does not include the issues that are on going with the property in downtown Boone at 10-04 Story Street, the former Boone County Museum building. Demolition estimates for that have been around $100,000.