Sweet Springs Dreams

1 decade 2 years 3 months ago Thursday, March 29 2007 Mar 29, 2007 Thursday, March 29, 2007 7:53:01 PM CDT March 29, 2007 in News

Barber Greg Smith has clipped, snipped and trimmed his customers' hair for 20 years. But, he can't even touch something else he wants the town to clean up: buildings that need to come down for safety reasons.

"I think it should definitely be torn down," said Smith about one of them.

Sweet Springs hired an engineer three years ago to see if the buildings could be fixed or had to be torn down.

"The safety of our citizens is our primary concern," said Mayor Roxanne Hinton. "I acknowledge the historic value, but we have to put the safety of our residents first."

The town received a state grant last year to pay for some of the demolition costs, but still needed the property owners' approval.

"Right now, we don't have complete compliance," admitted Hinton. "But I'm very hopeful to get it resolved without legal action being taken."

One owner didn't want to tear down his building, despite problems it could create for crews trying to knock down one building while leaving an adjacent one standing.

"It's an economic thing," said Smith. "We're not going to attract more businesses or people to live here if we don't take pride in our community."

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