Assessors report shows decline in Waldron values 11.28

Written by David Green.

Changes in Waldron’s business community are showing up in reduced property values.

Village assessor Charles Meade reported to council members Nov. 13 on the effect of the Mesteck Corporation closure and the fire and demolition of the Friendly Tavern.

The total value of commercial real estate shrunk by about $100,000 to $893,291. Meade said part of the change was due to the fire and part from the reclassification of properties.

Commercial personal property values dropped from $65,299 to $46,376.

With the closure of Mesteck, industrial personal property values shrunk from nearly $300,000 to only $10,609.

Meade said the village has 340 real estate parcels, including 21 that are exempt from taxation.

JUNK CARS—The owners of inoperable vehicles now have only 30 days rather than 60 to remove the vehicle or to make repairs. After 30 days, a warning will be given calling for removal.

The ordinance does not apply to vehicles stored in a completely enclosed building.

LEAF COLLECTION—Council discussed dividing the village into sections for leaf collection in 2008. This would result in a fuel savings by having workers collect leaves on a scheduled basis rather than covering the entire town each time.

BLOWER—A blower was purchased to provide fresh air in confined spaces, such as when employees travel through a manhole to do work under the street.

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