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A public hearing was held Thursday night in Orrick to determine if a particular house is dangerous and should it be torn down.
The Orrick Board of Alderman voted unanimously to declare the house dangerous after hearing testimony from Police Chief Troy Sims and suggestions from City Attorney Kevin Baldwin.
Kim Kolosick owns the home, located at 204 Hortense. He said the house was left to him in 1999.
Sims testified that there is a hole in the roof of the house and the front porch. Sims said he went up onto the porch but did not go inside the house. Sims said it was hard to see inside because the windows were covered in dirt.
Sims went to the house on Feb. 15 of this year to inspect the house. He said he became fearful of the roof collapsing while he roped off the area and put up a sign declaring the property dangerous. A letter was then sent to Kolosick to rectify the problem.
Sims said he checked back later and someone had taken plywood and covered up the holes on the house. Sims said the most dangerous aspect of the house is that law enforcement would not have quick access to the building if children were inside and the roof collapsed.
Kolosick disagreed with Sims assessment.
“I didn’t hear you say how it posed a danger. You said nobody could get in,” Kolosick said. “I have kids and the neighbor kids are down there. I don’t think anyone is in fear of that building. I think there are a lot more dangers in this town than that building.”
Kolosick said he has no issue with the city wanting to tear down the house. He said he has already spoken with someone about tearing down the house.
“I don’t want the house and honestly I’ve been trying to tear down the house,” he said. “It’s not a good house.”
Kolosick confirmed that there was no running water or active sewer to the house, however, he does use it to store items. Sims said to his knowledge the house had not been cleaned up after the floods of 1993. Kolosick said he didn’t own the house then and that he has cleaned it since he took possession. He also said there is no water damage and that animals are not living in the house.
Baldwin told the board that Kolosick’s house falls under several categories to determine it a dangerous building.
Kolosick said he would have torn down the house already, but said something has to be done about the power to the house before it can be torn down. Kolosick owns another building on the property that he uses for work. Power is run to that building through the house. He said two power poles need to be installed to run new lines to the building, but one of the poles might have to go on a neighbor’s property, so that might not be feasible.
Mayor Shirley Taylor said the Kolosicks indicated two years ago that they were going to tear down the building but needed more time.
The board agreed to give Kolosick 30 days to tear down the building himself. The city estimates it will cost them between $5,000 and $7,500 if they were to tear it down.
Alderman Jim Eubank told Kolosick that if they had communicated with the city better, they wouldn’t be in this position.
“We’re trying to work with you,” Eubank said. “You’ve had two years, it sounds like. Within a week you should be able to put enough pressure on the power companies to facilitate that.”