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Whistle Stop building torn down

Last week, the Whistle Stop property on South Mill Street was being cleaned up. The structure was torn down and the asbestos-containing materials were hauled off, still leaving behind piles of debris. Erin Tierney/The Chronicle

CRESWELL – As of press time Tuesday, work is underway but still incomplete at the Whistle Stop Building at 213 S. Mill St.
The building is torn down nearly in its entirely and ATEZ Environmental Remediation was hired to remove the materials containing asbestos, but piles of debris still remain.
City Manager Michelle Amberg said that the City has not yet obtained a warrant to clean up the property, that the day the City took action to obtain this warrant, property owner Carlton ”Rocky” Garton began cleaning up the debris.
An unidentified third party is now involved, Amberg said, and she was confident the work would be completed by last weekend. However, ”at this time the work is still incomplete,” Amberg said Tuesday. There are piles of debris that need to be removed.”
Creswell City Council in September unanimously declared the property a public nuisance. The code allowed for 10 days for Garton to clean up the property.
Because work is still incomplete, the City has the option to clean up the property. Once abated by the City, the charges are then sent to the property owner. If unpaid within 30 days, a lien will be put on the property.
” I am still pressuring for complete clean up,” Amberg said. ”If the property is not cleaned up to the satisfaction of the City then we will go in and complete the abatement.”