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SOUTH WHITLEY â€” In compliance with the townâ€™s unsafe building ordinance, the exposed south wall of the Green Parrot was repaired last June, but the vacant lot where the now-demolished Hicks and Deaton building shared a common wall continues to be an â€śeye soreâ€ť in South Whitley.
Currently, blue barrels are barricading the vacant lot which is owned by Betty Deaton.
Last year, previous town council members advised Utilities Manager Dennis Eberhart and Tim Moyer Excavating to have the lot filled in and leveled.
In the last meeting, Eberhart said the asphalt would have to be removed, along with a swale to collect water due to Hicksâ€™ standing building separated by an alley south of the Green Parrot.
â€śGary Hicks (who represents Betty Deaton) contacted me and we sat down and talked,â€ť council member Steve Smith said. â€śSome of Garyâ€™s concern is the alley was raised up and Gary believes that is why the building failed. Gary also said Whitley County Building Inspector Craig Wagner even said that is the reason the building that already got torn down failed.â€ť
Council Vice-President Bill Boggs said a solution must be made and suggested leaving a one-way exit to State Street on the alleys west end.
â€śAgain, as I described at the last meeting, itâ€™s something we are trying to patch up in terms of relations with the town and trying to work together with the property owners to try and solve the situation,â€ť town attorney Greg Hockemeyer said.
Council President Tony Starkey agreed with Hockemeyer, but also stated the town will not fund the leveling project. This ongoing issue has been tabled until the next scheduled meeting.
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