The City Council had postponed making a decision on the issue and did not have another meeting scheduled before the deadline March 24.
The city’s Public Works Department was already making preparations Tuesday to demolish the building. A trackhoe – a large piece of construction equipment – was on site building up a pile of rubble so that the crane could reach the top of the building, and city workers were testing the stability of the walls. Even as the department was doing that work a section of the broken wall fell down, said Public Works Director Bob Dean.
Councilman David Dawson disagreed with the issue being taken out of the council’s hands and asked Mayor Gene Robinson on Tuesday to call a special meeting to vote on the fate of the building. That meeting will be Wednesday at 6 p.m.
City Manager Don Hoyt agreed to delay demolition until after the council members had their meeting.