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Stillman Valley Hardware receives new lease on life

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A piece of history will not be erased from Stillman valley's past just yet.

Village board members don't move on a motion to deny the owner of the old Stillman valley hardware another building permit.

To deny the order of 218 N. Walnut Street a six month building permit extension.

Nothing. That's what happened when board members were asked to move to deny the building request.

This will be Stanton Seeberg's second building permit. He owns the building. The first expired without any of the needed repairs to the store were made.

"It's a small business, I'm pretty much retired and it was going to take some money to do it and I just asked them if they would work with me," said Seeberg.

A building inspector supplied by the board reported mold and structural problems.

Contractors hired by Seeberg and his attorney found some damage but according to them, nothing that couldn't be fixed easily. They estimate it'll cost $8,600 to bring the building to code.

Those same contractors spoke at the Monday night meeting.

"Far as mold, there's no mold spores anywhere," said one.

"Didn't see any huge issues," said another.

Now, Seeberg has the next 6 months to do so.

It would take a court order to tear the building down. Seeberg's attorney, Brandi Chudoba hopes to find grants before it comes to that from state and federal historic societies or Main Street foundations.

Building code violations were first discovered by the village in March of 2011. May first of this year, the village filed a lawsuit to have the building torn down.

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