CLINTON — A Clinton resident will consult Clinton County Attorney Mike Wolf and other county officials as he looks to tear down the former Elvira school building.
Clinton resident Rich Smith requested the property of the former Elvira school building be signed over to the county to pursue Iowa Department of Natural Resources grants. The property would be signed back over to Smith after the grants are awarded and the demolition completed. The grants are generally for local governments and not for private individuals.
“They want three bids for the asbestos and three bids for the demolition of the building,” Smith said. “And on the demolition of the building at least 30 percent of it has to go someplace other than the landfill. That’s part of what the grants for is to keep material out of the landfill.”
Smith stated his plan after the completion of the school demolition is for his son to build a residence on part of the property. Smith stated they are also planning to build a two- or three-car garage on the land.
Clinton County Supervisor Shawn Hamerlinck believes the next step for the county is to request liability direction from Wolf to know what the county’s options are so it can move forward.
“I think as a direction if we as a board can unanimously have you speak with Mike Wolf about how the county goes down the path,” Hamerlinck said. “How the county participates in the program. What your role would be. I don’t envision, if this is possible, I don’t envision the county just taking on the whole project. I envision you, as the long-term land owner of the property, would want to have a say or participate or if anything, a project manager type.”