City Discusses Charging For Fire Calls & Main Street Building’s Structural Integrity In Question

Charles City City Hall

Charles City, Iowa – The Charles City Council met in a planning session last night.


The council, Police Chief Hugh Anderson and Fire Chief Eric Whipple discussed if the city should start charging its residents for structural fires.  

Fire Chief Eric Whipple says he’s impartial.

 

Several council members were concerned how the city would enforce such charges during fires. The idea would be covered by the homeowner’s insurance but Mayor Dean Andrews says the insurance and taxes create an unusual predicament.

 

City Councilor Michael Hammond says the major issue is the public’s perception.

 

The council said they needed more information before proceeding any further.


The city council is concerned about 201 and 203 North Main street and it’s structural integrity. City Administrator Steve Diers:

 

The building is for sale for 395 thousand dollars. It has a business on Main street and several apartment buildings on the second and third floor.  Council Michael Hammond says he’s been in parts of the building and is skeptical of the price tag:

 

Built in 1866, it’s listed on the most endangered buildings.  Charles City Historical Preservation Committee Member Jeff Sisson:

 

The council decided the next step is to find grants to help bringing an preservation architect into observe the building.  Diers said the original idea would have been to pay a structural engineer $8,000 to inspect the structural integrity.