House moving ordinance to get 1st test

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, June 6, 2012

The Andalusia City Council dealt with its first request to move a house since passing an ordinance almost four years ago setting stringent guidelines for those who wished to move structures into, out of, or within the city.

Council members ultimately agreed to approve a permit for moving a brick house from Bagley Street to Opp Avenue. The owner has agreed that the bricks will be removed and reinstalled at the new site.

The city’s ordinance requires that the homeowner present a contract with a contractor for moving the house that has an ending date, and that the homeowner purchase a bond that would protect the city and the neighborhood in the event that he or she doesn’t complete the project.

The city also amended a resolution approved last month to improve the exercise facilities at the adult activity center. Previously, a cardiovascular room and a weight room were planned. Now, it will only update cardiovascular equipment.