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April 21, 2014

L&S debris removal expected to wrap this week

— The massive piles of rubble from the former L&S shopping center on North Jefferson Street continue to shrink as truckloads of rusted metal are hauled away.

The debris removal is expected to be complete by Friday, said District 3 Commissioner Bill Latimer during Monday’s County Commission meeting.

“(Monday) we’re hauling demo debris from L&S (and) ought to have it cleared out this week if everything goes as smooth as it it’s been going, and I thank everyone for their indulgence,” Latimer said.

After the meeting, he said building blocks are being taken to farmland in Leggtown and the metal is being transported to Denbo Iron & Metal in Decatur.

Latimer said at a later time county workers might be tasked with removing the concrete pads, improving the site’s marketability to prospective developers.

He agreed with District 2 Commissioner Steve Turner’s assessment during a previous meeting that the county should at least break even on the labor cost for the removal.

District 3 Foreman Tom Kilgore and his crew of equipment operators have been loading 40-foot trailers with building fragments in stages since beginning the removal process in late February.

Latimer estimated at least several tons of metal could be salvaged from the nearly 7-acre property. The site is the former home of several stores, including the landmark L&S Grocery and Fred’s.

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