Great Bend City Council delays action to demolish houses

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GREAT BEND, Kan. (KSNW) — The Great Bend City Council looked at possibly demolishing four houses that were deemed unsafe at Monday night’s meeting.

The homes are located across the Post Office on 16th Street.

Some of the issues included he roofs, holes in the porches, open crawl spaces and missing windows.

Stuart Baker, the City’s Code Enforcement Officer, and property owner Ida Luse, told the council that construction to repair the house has been underway.

The council voted to give the Luse 60 more days to make more improvement to meet city compliance. A follow-up hearing will be held on November 21, at which the council could grant another extension.

“I’ve had a lot of people speak to me about how they really like the houses, and when demolition was talked about, so many of them just said that they didn’t want that to happen,” said Luse.

For the past few years, the City of Great Bend has been making an effort to clean up and improve the appearance of the city by getting rid of run-down houses.

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