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Hannibal city council approves demolishing three dangerous homes

HANNIBAL, Mo. (WGEM) - It's a never ending battle, but Hannibal city leaders are trying to get rid of eyesores throughout the city.  Tuesday, the city council approved taking down three houses in hopes of cleaning up some neighborhoods and making them safer.
The city is planning to spend $27,000 to demolish residential homes, including one on Bird Street.  The building is in poor shape, and neighbors say they're tired of seeing the mess everyday.

In recent years, Joe Withem has accumulated a long list of problems with the building right across the street from his house.

"A lot of kids come in and out," Withem said. "The windows are all broken out and what wasn't broken, they took care of.  In the respect of vagrancy, I mean, homeless trying to find a place to spend the night." 

After looking at the boarded windows and trashed porch, he knew the city needed to step in to make a change.

The city council also approved tearing down two other properties, one on North Street and another on Olive.
"The houses are in danger of collapsing at anytime," Hannibal management assistant Tina Bartz said. 

Bartz said demolition doesn't only protect neighboring homes, but it benefits the city as well.  

"Also a lot of times, you'll get neighborhood kids or vagrants that go inside these buildings so it prevents the city from looking at a lawsuit for having a dangerous building that exists," Bartz said. 

Bartz said property owners will be billed for the costs, but if they avoid paying that money can come out of taxpayers' wallets.  That's something Withem says he can live with.

"Well I can't speak to the other buildings, I haven't seen them, but if they're anything like this one, then yes I would support that," Withem said.
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