Council Delays Downtown Demolition

Officials Give Owner Chance to Repair Building

Posted: February 27, 2013 at 5 a.m.

A historic downtown building will have more time to repaired.

At A Glance

Council Action

Springdale’s City Council met Tuesday and approved:

-Using Garver for engineering oversight of the Don Tyson Parkway interchange on Interstate 540

-A settlement of a condemnation lawsuit for right of way on Johnson Road with Suzanne Henson and S-JAM4 for an additional $50,000

-An interlocal agreement for response to hazardous material incidents in Washington County

-Contributing labor and equipment to building a parking lot to be shared with the Arts Center of the Ozarks

-Limiting garage sales to residential property or for a charitable or non-profit organization to commercial or institutional property

-Adding automotive, machinery and equipment open display retail sales as a conditional use in industrial zones

-Filing a cleanup lien on 1305 Greenbriar St. and 1106 West End St.

Source: Staff Report

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Could postponing the demolation of this building be because it is owned by Jim Cypert? Has a building permit been purchased to do the work on this building? This has been going on for about a year, why hasn't something been done before now? I didn't think you could do some work on the building, I thought you had to complete all work, not just what you wanted to do. How long will Mr. Cypret have to complete the work? Lets see if it is complete in 6 months. Hope the news does some follow up on the progress, just courious to see if this project will be forgotten. I also want to see what happens to the Apollo theater building. I still wonder why these are the only two buildings on Emma Ave. that have been considered Unsafe. Other buildings on Emma look just as bad as these two. Look at the old Famous Hardware building. Just thinking out loud.

Posted by: vtech

February 28, 2013 at 5:37 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Well, you obviously have not looked at the old Famous Hardware building in some time.

Posted by: CEW1

March 1, 2013 at 8:54 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Somebody in this town needs to get with the program. The chief building inspector has been trying for at least 2 years to get this building either repaired or torn down. The problem is with the chief building official Mike Chamlee which the news paper named as a specific person. The CBO has interfered with the CBI and kept him from enforcing the city ordinance on dilapidated buildings. The CBO is doing this to play politics because of who owns the property. Ask the chief building inspector how many buildings he has had either repaired of torn down that just belonged to average people and you will get the answer to back up what I say. If the chief building inspector could say the truth he would say the chief building official has interfered with his work numerous times. The mayor and the council should ask Chamlee why he is not doing his job and enforcing the ordinances as they are written, and why he thinks he has the authority to rewrite them as he wants. If the city is serious about cleaning up the town Chamlee is just getting in the way. To tell the owner of this property to work with Chamlee is a joke Chamlee is part of the problem This building has been falling apart for years, Chamlee, the supervisor of code enforcement Dan Snow and all his code officers have driven by this building for years and none of them ever did a thing. Are they lazy, unaware of what thier job is, they don't care, poorly trained, lack of leadership, lack of direction or just plain incompetent.

There are so many examples of lack of management of this department, if anyone did a little research they would find numerous delapidated buildings that would have been torn down or repaired if not for Chamlees interference, just look at the building at Thompson and Grove. The chief building inspector would have had this building gone before it burned if not for Chamlees interference.

I am sure the news will take this post down because I used specific names or some other excuse to protect the Chief Building Official, but they are the ones who used specific names I am just repeating them. If someone in authority within the city sat the Chief Building Inspector down and gave him a promise of no retaliation and proved he would be protected he would expose serious problems within the building inspectors department. All of the problems point to the lack of any real management of the inspection department and the management of the code enforcement department. The chief building inspector can't wash his hands without going to Chamlee first, he has no authority to do anything without approval from Chamlee. Wake up mayor, city council, and quit blowing the problem off and ignor it because you think you can discredit the source, I suggest you act like adults and do what is right for the city. Who knows a few specific Freedom of Information request directed to the inspection department might just do the trick if given to the right news source.

Posted by: marisol

March 2, 2013 at 6:21 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Marisol? I laugh. You can run but you cannot hide.

Posted by: CEW1

March 6, 2013 at 10:50 a.m. ( | suggest removal )


Oh, what ever do you mean ? I have many names, but you can just call me Mam.

Posted by: marisol

March 6, 2013 at 1:21 p.m. ( | suggest removal )


I am still waiting for a answer to what you mean by your comment " You can run but you cannot hide. " Why does my name make you laugh ? The comment section is to be used to comment on the article, not personal remarks, you hurt my feelings.

Posted by: marisol

March 7, 2013 at 6:04 a.m. ( | suggest removal )