The demolition of the Ray Building in Robbins will begin at the beginning of next week.

The Ray Building, which was damaged in a fire, was an old department store located in downtown Robbins.

The town plans on putting a temporary fence around the building’s property and putting something more permanent in its place once it is torn down completely.

“The look of this building and the fence is an issue because we are just months away from Farmers Day,” said Mayor Pro-Temp Nikki Green.

The property is currently for sale, which council members hope will soon be purchased.

“The best use would be to sell the property but if not, we should fill the lot in and grass it over,” said town council member, David Lambert. “We don’t want it to be an eyesore when we’re trying to improve the look of the town.”

Mayor Lonnie English agreed.

“If we make the building look presentable once it is torn down, it will sell because people will see that we’re trying to make it look better,” he said.

The building should take about two weeks to tear down.

In other news during the town Board of Commissioners meeting:

* The town received four reportable violations at its wastewater plant in March due to heavy overnight rains and poor water conditions.

Town Manager Jeffrey Sheffield wants to try to tackle some of the smaller repair projects with enterprise funds and rely on future grants for the larger projects.

Each time the wastewater plant faces violations, the town has to pay a fine. As of April 8, the wastewater treatment plant is in a recovering period and discharges are testing well. However, according to Sheffield, the plant is still in a fragile state and rains could reverse the process.

* The smokestack at the old Robbins Mill is one step closer to being torn down to a safe height. In this process, the smokestack would be capped off as a memorial for the mill.

The town has gotten one estimate for how much tearing down the smokestack will cost, but plans on getting more estimates from other companies before signing a contract. The decision was delayed until the town gets more cost estimates.

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