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City likely to accept title

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City staff indicated that when she was sent notice to have the building demolished within 14 days should have served as acknowledgement of her ability to get into the building. 

"That should have served as notice that you had access," Stewart said. 

Fire Chief Nick Bonstell intends to accompany Lewis when she reenters the building, but only as a safety precaution. The building, which was condemned before the fire, is still unsafe. 

Lewis has received estimates for demolition of the building. This could cost at least $60,000, if the building does not have asbestos. If asbestos is found, the cost will increase. 

Assistant City Manager Dylan Feik has already begun work on specifications for demolition. He asked Lewis if it was possible to have the building cleared next week. In the event the City accepts ownership, this will expedite the demolition process. 

"The building needs prepared for demolition," Feik said. 

"I'd sure like to see it done by the middle of June," Mayor Don Zoutte said. Stewart said mid-July is more realistic goal. 

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