One owner of several of the properties is a state representative in New Hampshire, council members said.
“He was expecting us to do it,” Eddy said. “When he learned FEMA wouldn’t do it, I think he lost interest.”
FEMA expects commercial properties to have insurance to cover demolition and debris removal costs.
Eddy said there is a pending contract on the property, and Moore will put a lien on the property to recoup its money upon the sale. Jones said one interested buyer from Edmond is hoping to purchase all of the properties and has plans to “do something nicer” with the lots.
Rebuilding is well under way. Eddy said 147 new home permits were issued last month. He also reported that the tornado damaged shopping center at 19th Street and Santa Fe is set for demolition by the owner on Aug. 26.
The city formally adopted the Central Moore Park Long-range Master plan. The plan for a destination park was unveiled at a special meeting last month. Moore voters passed a $24.7 million bond referendum in November to pay for the park.
The council also approved a contract renewal with the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments for Phase II of the Wasteload Allocation Study at the Canadian River. Moore’s total share for the study is $190,167. So far, the city has paid $184,127, leaving just over $6,000 for the final payment.
Joy Hampton 366-3539