Sheridan Man a No Show For His Own Appeal Hearing

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The Sheridan City Council held a special meeting Thursday to hear an appeal regarding an order of abatement.
The Sheridan City Council held a special meeting Thursday to hear an appeal regarding an order of abatement.

The City of Sheridan held a special City Council meeting Thursday to hear the final appeal from Sheridan resident John Pruitt, who's appealing an order of abatement of a building on his property at 1135 North Crook Street. One problem, Pruitt was a no show for his own appeal hearing.

In talking with City officials recently, Pruitt had expressed that he wanted the appeal hearing canceled and was hoping the City would give him till October 1st to abate the building himself.

City Attorney Greg Von Krosigk stated that Mr. Pruitt knew full well that the hearing was going to take place despite his wishes to cancel the appeal. The City Council voted unanimously to follow through with the order of abatement. City Senior Building Official Charlie Newcomer says that the Council did allow Mr. Pruitt some time to get the job done himself.

An inspection of the building in August of 2008 by the engineering firm MC2 found that the building was dangerous and not structurally sound. Since that time Pruitt has backed out of two agreements with the City where they would have purchased the property and removed the building. If the building isn't abated by May 15th, the City will take out a lien on the property and perform the abatement themselves.

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