PAY UP: City Stuck With Costs Of Fire Clean Up
During the hottest week of the year, fire fighters continue to fight the flames at the old Taylor Recycling Plant.
The building has burned for 24 hours, and fire inspector Ted Jefferson says there is more work to be done.
“There is deep fire in different parts of the building,” said Jefferson.
It’s not the first time firefighters have been to this property.
On July 4th, it took three hours to put out a fire here.
Fire fighters and many others questioned why a warehouse full of flammable debris hadn’t been cleaned up.
“It is time for this building to go. It’s been sitting here for a long time with a lot of nasty stuff in it. Hopefully, some day it will be gone.”
People who live near the warehouse have called their councilman, Brian Meyer.
Meyer says the city has tried to get the property owner, a company called Regency Capital LLC to clean up the debris inside for two years.
The problem is that Regency Capital LLC is bankrupt.
Finding someone to cover the costs of removing the construction debris has been an issue.
“We can’t just walk into a place of business and start doing things to it. It’s like any other business. They may be bankrupt, but they still own the building,” said Meyer.
It will now be up to the city and taxpayers to cover the cost of clean-up.
In a 2012 study, Metro Waste Authority determined it would cost more than $400,000 dollars to haul away and dispose of everything inside.
The city says it will file a bankruptcy claim to re-coop the money from the property owners, but whether the owners settle up with the city is anyone’s guess.
“When you’re in bankruptcy, you’re just sort of floating out there,” Councilman Meyer told Channel 13 News.