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      Council seeks grant for building demolition

      The city of Kirksville is applying for grant money to help pay for the demolition of several unsafe, rundown buildings around town.Possible buildings to be torn down could include the Miller Building just south of Kirksville City Hall and the old Kirksville High School.At Monday's city council meeting, council members gave the OK for city officials to apply for a $250,000 community development block grant to go toward such demolitions. Owners of commercial properties would have to pay for approximately half of the demolition expenses."The proposed properties have actually already been issued an order of demolition so they either have to fix the property and bring it up to code or tear it down. And, we're proposing to apply for a grant through the Community Development Block Grant through the State of Missouri Department of Economic Development to assist the property owners with these demolitions," said Sarah Halstead, Kirksville Community Services Coordinator.The city won't know until August or September if it's been approved for the grant. In other action at tonight's meeting, the city council gave the city manager approval to enter into an agreement with W.L. Miller Company for the expansion of the parking lot and hangar driveway at Kirksville Regional Airport.The total price tag for that is just shy of $190,000. Ninety-five percent of that will be paid for by MoDOT, leaving the city's portion at just $9,500.