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Sweeper shop purchase all but final

August 18, 2011

Former downtown sweeper shop (File Photo)

    It seems only a matter of time now until the eyesore building at Monroe and Second streets is owned by the City of Decatur ... and demolished.
    City council on Tuesday night approved a deal with owner Dwayne Skaggs of Bluffton in which the city will pay $25,000 for the building and assume the cost of asbestos removal.
    The city had originally agreed to pay $30,000 for the building, pending the outcome of an assessment by Environmental Management Assessments of Huntertown, at a cost of $3,125 to the city. The firm's study estimated the cost of asbestos removal at approximately $14,000 — which immediately put a crimp in the deal.
    At Tuesday night's meeting, Skaggs — saying, "The city has been good to me" — told council he would lower the price by $5,000 if the city would assume the cost of the asbestos removal.
    Council unanimously approved the new figure, extending the closing date to December 9 to allow Skaggs, as he requested, to get some of his items out of the building.
    Skaggs at one time operated a sweeper shop in the building. Before that it was the site of a popular downtown spot, Holthouse Drug Co., featuring a soda fountain.
    Once the deal is completed, the city will move quickly to raze the structure.

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