An abandoned house deemed unsafe by the city is coming down.

The Crawfordsville Board of Public Works and Safety on Wednesday approved a bid to demolish the house at 801 Kentucky St., which has been on the city’s radar for years.

After repeated attempts to clean up the property, an unsafe building order was issued in March 2018. The order went unheeded for months until property owner Jane White told the city she hadn’t lived in the house for about three years due to a raccoon problem.

City inspectors observed holes forming in the home’s roof and noted the garage was beginning to rot away. The foundation appeared to be unstable and there was a strong musty odor coming from the house.

The bid was awarded for $12,360 to W Enterprises.

Other bids were opened for street work and a new ambulance.

Two proposals were received for resurfacing Tech Drive, which intersects with Darlington Avenue at Hoosier Heartland State Bank. Lafayette-based Milestone Contractors bid came in at $38,900. Rieth-Riley Construction, also of Lafayette, submitted a $59,602 bid.

The companies are also competing for projects being funded by the state’s Community Crossings Paving Program. The lower bid came from Milestone for $858,830.60. Rieth-Riley’s proposal rang in at $991,340.30.

Middletown-based Pavement Solutions Inc. submitted a $40,115.40 bid for a crack sealing portion of the project.

The city has four options to consider for a new ambulance. St. John-based Fire Service Inc. is offering a 2019 model for $239,679 and a 2018 model for $196,017.

Mishawaka-based Fortin Ambulance submitted a bid for $234,535. The last proposal arrived for $265,768 from Greenfield’s Hoosier Fire Equipment.

The board will review each of the bids before selecting the winning companies.

In other business, the board:

• Approved a request from State Farm Insurance agent Chad Budreau’s office to use a parking space during a community event from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 14 at Pike Place. 

• Granted mowing requests from code enforcement Barry Lewis for multiple properties.

The board meets at 10 a.m. Wednesdays in the City Building council chambers, 300 E. Pike St.

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