ASHTABULA — City Council approved an $82,150 bid Monday night for demolition work at five city properties.

The city’s Planning and Community Development Department recently received money for asbestos abatement and demolition of five “abandoned and blighted structures” on the following streets: West Prospect, Michigan Avenue, West 58th Street, Station Avenue and West 49th Street, according to the ordinance.

“Some are commercial, some are residential,” City Manager Jim Timonere said.

Timonere advertised for bids to do the work and five area contractors submitted bids, he said.

“Capp Steel Erectors Inc., of Ashtabula, submitted the lowest responsible bid,” he said.

Payment will be made from Community Development Block Grant Fund No. 290.

In other business:

• Timonere announced garbage pickup will be on schedule next week, despite the Veterans Day holiday on Monday.

• City Solicitor Michael Franklin warned residents it’s a violation of city ordinance to blow leaves into the street. 

“You can’t do it,” he said. “You can be cited and fined.”

The city will pick up leaves placed at the curb in biodegradable bags until the end of November.

• In honor of Clerk of Council Lavette Hennigan’s years of service and upcoming retirement, City Council is planning a celebration at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 18 in the Municipal Building’s August A. Pugliese Conference Room on the second floor.

This is open to the public as well as employees.

Hennigan will officially retire at the end of the year.

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