BOONE, Iowa—The Boone City Council approved bids to demolish five houses in Boone and that work has moved ahead rather quickly. Police Chief Bill Skare says two properties, one at 417 Main and the other at 423 Main have already been demolished and the third at 1316 Story is nearing completion. Skare says he expects the contractor to move ahead with the remaining properties at 918 5th Street and at 205 17th Street as time permits. From the city’s perspective, the good news is that there will only be two parcels that will need to be sold. The current property owners on three of the projects actually agreed to pay a portion of the demolition. The Council agreed to subsidize those demolitions for a fraction of what the actual cost would be. Skare says the contractor did run into frost on the first demolitions, and has held off on the final clean up and seeding but that will be done at all five locations.
Boone Mayor John Slight has said repeatedly that nuisance properties need to be addressed and it was a goal to keep funding in the budget for this kind of work. He says so often, when cuts were made, it was easy to reduce the budgeted funds and not do the demolitions. Slight says he plans to continue pushing the Council to keep the dollars in the budget for future residential demolition.