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Odeon Fire Rubble Remains, City Leaders Talk Removal

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The Odeon Club in Clinton, Iowa, burned down in November 2012. After almost one and a half years, the property remains filled with rubble, blowing potentially dangerous material onto nearby yards. Neighbors say they're tired of seeing the mess, and that they haven't seen any clean-up efforts for months. 

Leeza Miller lives across the street from the former club. She moved into the neighborhood last October- almost one year since the fire. She says she expected the area to have been cleaned by now.

"It is kind of annoying," she said. "When people come over, and they're like, 'Oh, what's that building over there?' And I'm like, 'Oh, that's just some building that burned down before I moved here, and I have no clue what's going on with it.' And they're like, 'Oh, are they going to clean it up?' 'I don't know.'"

Clinton city leaders say residents won't have to wait much longer.

Last week, they decided on the next fiscal year's budget, allocating $300,000 to clean up various properties, including Odeon. It was first the owners' responsibility to clean it. When that didn't happen, the city took over, but there wasn't enough money to clean it this year. The city says that should start when the money comes in, on July 1st.

"The amount of money in the budget is not really a well-known community fact- that we've actually tripled the demolition budget, and that we do have a significant amount of properties to clean up," Clinton City Council member John Rowland said. "But I'm hopeful that, in that process, there is money allocated out of that $300,000 for the Odeon club."

Neighbors say the current situation is a safety issue, calling the police whenever they see people, even children, climb over the fence and into the rubble. They say they saw workers fill a few dumpsters, but that was months ago. City Council says they weren't city workers, and that they didn't have the correct license.

They say it could cost up to $90,000 to clean the Odeon property.


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