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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Demolition of 213 Broadway remains on hold

  • It’s been over two months since the Hannibal City Council approved contracts for work on buildings in the 200 block of Broadway. To date, however, nothing has happened. And nothing will for at least a little bit longer.
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  • It’s been over two months since the Hannibal City Council approved contracts for work on buildings in the 200 block of Broadway. To date, however, nothing has happened. And nothing will for at least a little bit longer.
    “We have to wait for the legal system to play out,” said Joey Burnham, building inspector.
    The city has been waiting for the owner of 213 Broadway, Ron Richter of Pleasant Hill, Mo., to be served with court papers.
    “In my opinion he (Richter) is ducking service. The process server claims he has been unable to get him served,” said City Attorney James Lemon in a recent e-mail to the Courier-Post.
    However, following Tuesday night’s City Council meeting, Lemon reported that progress on that front may have occurred. While the process server has been unable to contact Richter, he told Lemon that he was recently able to present the documents to Richter’s wife. Lemon contends that delivering the court papers to a family member is sufficient.
    Lemon added that in the near future he plans to go back before Associate Circuit Judge David Mobley to see if he agrees that Richter can now be considered served.
    Earlier this summer the Circuit Court issued an order giving Richter 10 days to begin repair on the Broadway building, or to demolish the structure. The deadline passed without anything happening at the site.
    After that, Lemon asked the court to find Richter in contempt and to issue a judgment that will allow the city to take care of the work and assess the cost to Richter.
    Century Used Brick has been hired to demolish 213 Broadway for a fee of $5,000.
    Before 213 Broadway can be torn down, 211 Broadway must first be stabilized. That work will be performed by River City Restorations, whose bid of $38,584 was accepted by the City Council in July.
    Regarding the condition of 213 Broadway, Burnham says it’s holding its own.
    “The good part is there’s been no movement; nothing else has happened,” he said.
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