JEFFERSON — The Board of Ashtabula County Commissioners approved Thursday the demolition of two homes in Conneaut and one in Geneva.

A home on North Eagle Street in Geneva and two on Buffalo Street in Conneaut are slated for demolition in the coming weeks, according to Janice Switzer, Ashtabula County Community Services and Planning director.

Commissioners approved a contract not to exceed $21,882 with Hugh's Excavating for demolition of the homes in the 300 and 500 blocks of Buffalo Street that is funded through Community Block Development Grant dollars.

A contract with Adams Services, not to exceed $30,500, was approved to demolish the home on North Eagle Street in Geneva. Costs for this demolition will be paid for with $5,500 in CBDG dollars, and the remaining $25,000 will be covered by the Land Bank.

Officials in the planning department said the home on North Eagle Street has been vacant for at least a decade while the homes in Conneaut have been vacant for at least five years.

"The city of Conneaut has court orders to have the homes in their city taken down and the other one is being demolished through the Land Bank," Switzer said.

Dawn Gates, Planning Department grants coordinator, said both the Land Bank and the Planning Department have diligently worked to remove blight across the county over the years.

The homes on Buffalo Street will come down in the next week or two, Gates said, and the home on North Eagle Street will soon follow.

In other business

• Commissioners approved a contract with B.S.E. Electrical Contractors, Inc. for installation of a generator at the future site of the Emergency Management Agency, 12 N. Market St.

Commissioners in March passed a resolution to purchase the building on North Market Street, which houses Growth Partnership, for $337,200. It will become the new location of the Emergency Operations Center, which is currently housed in the basement of the Sheriff’s Office.

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