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Health board concludes debate on Russells Point property

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Logan County District Board of Health members voted 4-0 at their Wednesday afternoon meeting to authorize the village of Russells Point to remove a structure that has been part of an ongoing debate at several recent meetings.

At previous sessions, property owner Janice Rogers had been ordered to stabilize the structure at 316 Westview St. and remove all solid waste from the property or to remove the structure, which is fire-damaged and has issues with a collapsing ceiling.

The village recently had hired an engineering firm to look at the building, and the firm’s report cited numerous structural issues, including the stability of the roof and the chimney leaning in.

During Wednesday’s hearing, Ms. Rogers reported that she recently hired a contractor to fix several issues, including the installation of a double seal plate and double studs on the fireplace wall. She also had sought the opinion of architect Karen Beasley regarding the project.

However, Russells Point Mayor Robin Reames said much more work is needed before the structure would be safe from collapse.

“I still feel it’s in the best interest of the village to condemn and raze the structure,” she said.

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