City eyes cleanup costs for collapse

An excavator claw takes a bite out of a remnant of the old IOOF Building in Vale after the structure collapsed.(Les Zaitz)

By John L. Braese

The Enterprise

VALE - The Vale City Council recently declared the parcel of land currently stacked with rubble of the IOOF Building a public nuisance.

The declaration starts the process of cleanup of the area and billing of those responsible for the costs.

“We have estimates of $55,000-60,000 to clear the property from a company,” said Vale City Manager Lynn Findley. “Much of that cost is dumping. At $23 per ton, dumping costs alone will come to around $25,000.”

The building fell under the weight of snow accumulation on Jan. 23. The city subsequently placed fencing around the rubble.

Due to the declaration . . .