City looks to buy another abandoned Mill Street building

by Emmitt B. Feldner of The Review staff


THE CITY is looking to purchase a vacant building at 133 E. Mill St. (left) for back taxes, adding it to the vacant building at 31 E. Mill St. (below) and the former Plymouth Utilities garage on Reed Street (above) that city officials hope to sell to someone who will rehabilitate them. THE CITY is looking to purchase a vacant building at 133 E. Mill St. (left) for back taxes, adding it to the vacant building at 31 E. Mill St. (below) and the former Plymouth Utilities garage on Reed Street (above) that city officials hope to sell to someone who will rehabilitate them. PLYMOUTH – The city is getting ready to expand its real estate holdings.

The expected acquisition of the blighted building at 133 E. Mill St. was delayed, however, when the City Council was unable to meet Tuesday because they could not muster a quorum.

Six members need to be present for a quorum and the council is down to seven members with the death last month of John Anderson.

When alderpersons Shawn Marcom and Jackie Jarvis were absent Tuesday, there were only five council members present and the council could not meet.

The purchase of the building at 133 E. Mill St. for $16,212.63 (the amount of back taxes due) was on the agenda for the meeting.

In a memo to the council for Tuesday’s meeting, City Administrator Brian Yerges explained that the boarded-up building has gone through tax foreclosure and is available for the cost of back taxes.

That amount includes a charge from the city for demolishing the garage behind the building in the summer of 2012.

That followed an order from Sheboygan County Circuit Court Judge Terence Bourke to developer Gunther Berg and 133 Mill Street Property LLC, owners of the building, to raze and repair the building.

“By gaining control of the property, the city will be able to attempt to enter into a development agreement with a third party to facilitate redevelopment of the property in a safe and complete manner,” Yerges wrote in his memo to the council.

If the council approves the purchase, it will make three buildings in or near downtown that the city owns and is trying to sell.


Review photos byEmmitt B. Feldner Review photos byEmmitt B. Feldner The city is still looking for buyer for the vacant former Plymouth Utilities storage facility on Reed Street, after a deal to sell it fell through last year. The building has been unused since Plymouth Utilities opened its new operations center at South Street and County PP.

Also last year, the Redevelopment Authority purchased a long vacant building at 31 E. Mill St.

The RDA was close to selling it a few months ago before the purchaser backed out on the deal.

Tuesday’s cold forced the cancellation of the council’s meet and greet session with the city’s new property assessor, Rich Christenson from Tyler Technologies.

Before the regular council session was adjourned due to the lack of a quorum, Alderperson Jack Fernsler suggested that the council consider appointing Greg Hildebrand to fill the seat left vacant by Anderson’s death.

Hildebrand is the only candidate who filed to run for the seat in the April 1 election, so he should win the seat barring a successful writein campaign by another candidate.

Fernsler said the appointment would bring the council up to its full number and make it easier to muster a quorum for future meetings.


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