Former post office

OVERGROWN WEEDS at the former Norfolk Post Office building at 401 N. Fourth St. The owner of the post office is the company First Nationwide Postal Holdings, based in Cedarhurst, New York.

The Norfolk City Council officially approved billing a pair of property owners more than $500 in weed control, litter removal and mowing Monday night.

The charges were levied against the owners of the former post office at 401 N. Fourth St. for a total of $505.67.

The owner of the post office is the company First Nationwide Postal Holdings, based in Cedarhurst, New York. The firm specializes in purchasing former post offices.

A letter was sent to the firm’s New York address in May and no response was received, prompting the city to conduct maintenance at the property and bill the owners.

It's not the first time the city has had to do maintenance on the now abandoned property, as city clerk Beth Deck said to the council that the property has accrued more than $3,500 in special assessment charges over the past several years.

The council also approved an assessment for $123.96 at 214 Jefferson Ave. The property is owned by Karen Sackville, who resides in Spencer, Iowa, according to city documents.

The council also approved a contract for street maintenance work.

Mark Miller, a city maintenance supervisor, said the crack sealing contract with Bader Highway and Street Maintenance will add as many as five years to the life of some major streets in Norfolk that aren’t slated for reconstruction.

The sealing work will begin later this month on 13th Street, Miller said. He added that maintaining the life of streets is important as other streets — such as Braasch Avenue, which is scheduled for reconstruction next year — are in much greater need.

Another contract with Olsson also was passed to mitigate the impact on wetlands from future development.

Steve Rames, city engineer, said wetland mitigation is becoming more common to satisfy agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The only other business Monday night was an amendment to the city’s economic development plan and a zoning change for a new car dealership at Krenzien Drive, where Shopko was previously located.

Brief story posted Sept. 16 at 5:59 p.m.; updated 9:23 a.m. Sept 17.

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