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Lawrence County has $1M left for demolitions

January 18, 2019 GMT

IRONTON - Lawrence County Treasurer Stephen Dale Burcham hopes to have at least 60 to 65 more dilapidated houses torn down this year as part of the county’s land bank program.

The program, in its third year, has torn down nearly 160 homes as part of a $2.7 million state grant Burcham applied for several years ago.

“We have about 30 more homes in the works and would like to see 60 to 65 homes torn down this year,” Burcham said Tuesday. “This is the last year of the grant program. We have more than $1 million left to spend.”

The land bank program will continue after this year, Burcham said. It will rely on the sale of the properties cleaned up and the properties that will be added this year, he said.

Burcham also is looking at applying for state grant funds for abandoned commercial properties.

One building torn down last year was the old Pulley Nursing Home at 8384 County Road 1 in the Burlington area. The county, the treasurer’s office and the office of Clerk of Courts Mike Patterson provided $90,000 to tear down the old nursing home building, Burcham said.

The land bank has identified some 400 properties around the county that could be eligible for demolition, Burcham said.

Meanwhile, Burcham said first-half tax bills have been mailed to property owners. The bills will be due March 8 and can be paid online at lawrencecountytreasurer.org, at the treasurer’s office at the courthouse and at U.S. Bank, City National Bank, Liberty Bank and Citizens Deposit Bank. Second-half tax bills will be due July 5, he said.