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City Council gives Hazle 30 more days

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By The Staff

By Linda Ireland

Editor

Hodgenville City Council voted Monday to give businessman Charles “Red” Hazle 30 more days to work on a concrete building at the corner of Water Street and North Walters Avenue. The repairs have been in contention since 2003 when the first raze order was issued under the dilapidated building ordinance.

Hazle told the council last month he would need at least 60 more days to complete repairs, including demolishing a freestanding wall. He was given 30 days.

Only Councilman Kenny DeVore voted against extending Hazle’s deadline.

Hazle said he has worked out an agreement with John Blunk to remove the outer walls and make eight employee parking spaces for Blunk’s restaurant, Abe’s Country Cooking.

The process was delayed, said Hazle as Blunk “had to do a lot of work to get his business opened.”

“I’m getting as tired of it as you all are,” Hazle told the council.

He said the work should be started this week or next.