Mayor Ronnie Marks and the Athens City Council have ordered the owner of a Tanner business destroyed in the 2011 tornado to either clean it up or the city will.
City Council members voted unanimously Monday to declare the property at 11108 U.S. 31, formerly McCutcheon Tractor and Farm, a public nuisance after holding a public hearing on the matter during their regular meeting.
Mayor Ronnie Marks said he gave owner James McCutcheon until the next council meeting to clean up the property, which is located south of U.S. 31 and Huntsville-Browns Ferry Road.
“I told him we would give him a short amount of time,” Marks said. “It has just gone way too long.”
Public Works Director James Rich said if the city had to pursue having the building demolished that demolition expenses would be placed against the property.
The brick building, which once housed a Cub Cadet dealership, was severely damaged April 27, 2011, when an EF5 tornado struck the Tanner and East Limestone communities. Operations continued at the location for about eight months following the damage.
Marks said the owner apparently received an inadequate insurance settlement following the tornado.