He gained another 30-day extension as cleanup continues along with orders to stay in touch with the city building inspector.
“It’s going to take me a few months to get everything out of that building. I’ve been there 37 years,” Meeks told the Board of Mayor and Aldermen.
Some on the board would like to see the dormant property sold for the benefit of downtown revitalization.
“There’s a lot of investment going there, and, therefore, the city is reaping the fruit from that,” said Mayor Tommy Irwin.
Meeks said he hasn’t “had a reasonable offer yet” to sell the building.
“If I don’t find a buyer, I’m going to rent it,” he said. “I’ve got a couple of people interested in renting it when I get my stuff out.”
Ward 3 Alderman Chip Wood said the board needs to be clear about its expectations.
“I’m satisfied personally as long as it meets the code requirements and the safety requirements,” he said. “If that’s not the board’s intentions, I think it’s our obligation to let him know that.”
Meeks said he is going to do all the repairs and cleanup that need to be done and is working on moving his things out.
“Thank you for not leaving it on the city to do,” said Ward 2 Alderman Ben Albarracin.
The building inspector reported that the interior of the building is not damaged.
In other property cleanup matters, the board scheduled 41 other properties for public hearings at 5 p.m. on June 20. Many are properties that need mowing.
Hearings on about two dozen other properties Tuesday ended with adjudication for 10 of those, meaning the city may enter the property and have them mowed or cleaned up:
• 1540 Tate
• Former Long John Silver property, U.S. Highway 72
• 301 Penn
• 103 Penn
• Corner of Droke and Cemetery
• Horton Street (Jackson)
• 1409 Fifth Street
• Corner of Crater and White (Tom Collins estate)
• Meigg Street (Mitchell)
• Crater Street (Patterson)