Bricks teeter on old building
City of Weyauwega seeks owner
By James Card
The old building at 118 E. Main St. has yellow caution tape around the sidewalk area.
The handsome yet decrepit stonework of the building is on the verge of crumbling. Bricks stick out as if ready to drop. Cracks are in the masonry.
Nobody knows who owns the building. All attempts made by the city to contact the owners were dead ends.
Nothing has fallen onto the sidewalk but a contractor studied it and advised the city to put up the caution tape.
At one time the building was used as an accounting office and there was a dental practice upstairs. According to city administrator Jeremy Schroeder, it has been vacant for as long as he can remember.
“There’s definitely some interest in it. There have to be some repairs made for a safety standpoint and the city attorney is working through with that process. It would be really neat to see it repaired and utilized,” said Schroeder.
On public records the building is recorded as being owned by WTB Land Co. LLC and mailing information leads to Thomas or Wendy Bennett at a Chicago address. All of the taxes and utilities are paid. Nothing is owed on the property. The city has sent letters by registered mail. Somebody signed for the letters but the signature is unreadable.
“The city attorney is trying to physically locate a representative – whether it is a family member or if the original owners are deceased – we don’t know at this point to try and get some information so they can be physically served for a repair order,” said Schroeder.