Council approves demolition of several properties, dilapidated structures deemed nuisances to the public

Six properties came up for demolition consideration during Monday’s City Council Meeting.

The Sapulpa City Council gave authorization this week for the demolition of several properties within the city limits after the lots and structures thereon were deemed public nuisances and dilapidated.

Six properties came up for demolition consideration during the ‘Public Hearings’ section of the agenda for a regular meeting of the council Monday, August 6.

The council was asked to consider the approval of the demos, pending the city’s Administrative Hearing Officer’s report to councilors based on a June 27 hearing decision on the condition of the specific lots and structures.

Each report specified the state of the properties as public nuisances due primarily to high weeds and grass and dilapidated structures not in compliance with city code, per inspection by the city’s code enforcement officer and building inspector.

The first property up for discussion is located at 1006 N. Eighth Street, followed by a couple lots at 110 Birch Street. Each were approved for demolition by unanimous vote of the council.

Prior to the decision to recommend demolition for both of the properties, the hearing officer said the property owner was notified of high weeds, high grass and the inadequate, noncompliant structures.

The notification gave the property owner 15 days to remedy the cited issues, but there was no response, according to the report given to the council Monday.

After the property owner subsequently failed to attend the late-June public hearing, the Administrative Hearing Officer said it was decided the property a public nuisance and recommended demolition.

Councilors then considered three properties — and three separate agenda items — at once, due to counsel advice that they were all owned by the same individual, all of which were in the same area of 1120 and 1130 E. Jones Avenue.

As with the aforementioned cases, a similar process to allow the landowner a chance to remedy the cited noncompliance again failed to show positive results. Likewise, the absence of this landowner at the public hearing resulted in the same decision as the first two properties on the agenda.

The three cases include over a dozen separate lots, along with various structures, which the council agreed were dilapidated and a public nuisance, thus voted unanimously to approve demolition.

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Featured Image: Mr. Martin, Sapulpa’s Administrative Hearing Officer, addresses the City Council regarding some dilapidated structures brought up on Monday’s meeting.

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