OTTAWA Ottawa Village Council has accepted a bid to demolish an abandoned duplex on North Grant Street in the village.

Council voted unanimously on Monday to accept the $8,900 bid quote from Gary Gerdeman Excavating to tear down 127 and 129 N. Grant St., according to the Lima News.

A resolution to accept a bid for demolition work on an old abandoned building on North Grant Street was passed during Ottawa Village Councils regular meeting Monday.

The Putnam County Auditors website says the property is owned by Melvin and Shannon Utrup.

The property had sustained flood damage during the flood in 2007 when the basement was filled with water, said Ottawa Police Chief Rich Knowlton. He said the buildings had sustained flood damage in 2007 when the basement filled with water, and that a windstorm had later damaged the roof, creating unsafe conditions in the neighborhood.

Another company, Total Environmental Services, is currently preparing the property for asbestos removal. After inspection by the Environmental Protection Agency, asbestos removal can begin, which is expected to start this week.

Ottawa Mayor Dean Meyer said removing asbestos from the building will cost between $35,000 and $37,000, and that demolition and clean-up for the property will cost approximately $44,000.