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Ft. Madison building owner in default after missing deadline

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FORT MADISON (WGEM) -- The owner of the building at 732 Avenue G is in default after missing a court-ordered deadline in the process to make repairs to the building, according to city officials

A September 25th court order from 8th District Judge Michael Schilling stated Bryan Humphrey must let Fort Madison city officials know whether he intended secure the western wall of the building by October 9th. That date passed with no word from Humphrey.

Mayor Matt Mohrfeld said the city will keep moving through the process Judge Schilling laid out.

"We are still trying to sit down with Bryan Humphrey but the next step will bring the city-paid engineers through the building and then outline a plan to mitigate the deterioration to put the building into repair of some type," Mohrfeld said.

Mohrfeld hopes the building can be stabilized and turned into a viable piece of property.

"We will work backwards from there, whether that's working with Bryan ultimately or a different owner or a different operator," he said. "But we want to do what we can to enhance downtown Fort Madison."

The court order also slapped Humphrey with a $150,000 fine.

While Mohrfeld said $120,000 of that could have been forgiven, the missed deadline means Humphrey is now liable for the entire amount.

WGEM reached out to Humphrey, but he did not immediately respond.

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