The city of Quincy will help an elderly woman by paying for the roof repairs on her duplex. In a nearly split vote, aldermen approved the motion, months after a nuisance notice was sent.
The property is at 636 Elm Street. City Planner Chuck Bevelheimer says there are multiple, large holes in the roof.
A nuisance notice was sent several months ago, but Bevelheimer says the elderly woman could not afford to fix it herself. Because it's a duplex and not a single family residence, she did not qualify for assistance programs. He says that made the situation unprecedented.
The city will now spend more than $6,000 for the repairs. But the city will file a lien against the property to get its money back when it would eventually be sold.
Bevelheimer calls it a tough decision for aldermen."This is not the usual, run of the mill situation that we run into if we have a dangerous or an unsafe building, we can point to it, whether the windows or open or the doors are open, issues are there. This is a totally different situation where a person is living there, and there are a number of large holes in the roof and the person happens to be elderly," he said.
Bevelheimer concluded by saying if the council chose not to fix the roof, he felt it was possible that in several years, the home would be part of the Fix or Flatten list.
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