A potentially dangerous intersection was one of the main topics at last night’s Laurens City Council meeting. Council was informed that a building in the northwest corner of Main Street and North Harper has been declared by the State Highway Department as a danger to motorists. The state highway department has already closed the sidewalks beside the building, and they’re reportedly threatening to close the intersection, as well. Council last night was informed of unsuccessful efforts to get the building’s owner, listed as Carless Taylor, to either fix or remove the structure. Mayor Sharon Brownlee and City Clerk Gary Coleman both spoke of efforts to get the owner to fix the dangerously deteriorated building.
City Council last night approved a Resolution to address the subject of dilapidated buildings in town. This adds an annual fee of $20 to each improved parcel of land in town. The funds generated are to be used to tear down unsightly old buildings that have been abandoned.
The budget includes an increase for the Building and Zoning Department, charged with managing the removal of abandoned structures. City Council last night approved assessing a $20 annual fee on each parcel of land that holds buildings or other improvements.