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November 7, 2013

City drops dilapidated property lawsuit

Accepts rental proposal from London Radio Service



“I have contacted who I consider to be a larger reputable builder in town and I told them to go fix the structure,” Benge said.  “I told them I don’t care what it is, just fix it.  Not one but two structural engineers inspected the property and said the building isn’t going to fall on anyone.  As long as I am not going to use it as commercial or residential property, I am compliant and respectfully request the suit against me be dropped.”

“I feel Mr. Benge has complied with the requirements, as long as nobody is going to live in it and he isn’t going to use the property commercially; he’s got nothing left to do,” Parman said after hearing Benge’s presentation.

“The sticking point is that it’s not for human habitation,” said councilman Jim Hays.  “If it’s going to be used as a storage building, let's find out if he is compliant and put this issue to an end.”

According to Doug Garrett of the city planning and zoning department, requirements for a storage facility are electricity and a secure entry and exit point for the building.

After finding that the property owned by Benge is compliant as a storage building or non-habitable property and hearing his guarantees to keep the property safe, the council voted to drop the lawsuit against Benge.

During their October meeting, the London City Council voted to take proposals for the rental of a cellular/radio tower in response to an investigative report that questioned the ethics of a business relationship between the city and London Radio Service, which is owned by Police Chief Stewart Walker

After a month of accepting proposals, the council voted to award the contract to London Radio Service, the one and only proposal submitted.

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