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Lawsuit settled over Wood St. home

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 The city of Ferris Board of Adjustment met to consider settling a lawsuit with the property owner at 409 S. Wood Street, Ms. Jacuita Kimbrell  Tuesday, June 28.

The city has been working with Kimbrell for more than 20 years.

  During this 20 year period, the city has unsuccessfully tried to work with  Kimbrell to make the house safe for living conditions.  Rather than see any progress over the past 20 years, the house has progressively deteriorated to a condition that is unsafe for the property owner and the surrounding area. 

Last October, a group of volunteers came forward and offered to help renovate the house. 

According to city officials, the Board of Adjustment made it clear the work needed to be completed in 90 days, but was told that wasn’t possible and they would need 12 to 18 months. 

Since the required timeframe could not be met, the Board of Adjustment took no action and the previously issued demolition order remained in effect.  Following the decision by the Board of Adjustment, Kimbrell brought a lawsuit against the city of Ferris. 

After further discussions between the property owner and city officials, the property owner has since agreed the renovations can and will be completed in the requested 90 day timeframe. 

Kimbrell has since agreed to dismiss her lawsuit against the city and the city has agreed to allow the renovations to proceed and be completed in 90 days, beginning Monday, August 1.

            The Board of Adjustments is pleased  an agreeable solution was able to be reached and more importantly,  the house will finally be made safe and habitable.

 If Kimbrell does not meet the 90 day requirement she agreed upon with the city, the city will proceed with the demolition.

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