City waives $34,506 bill


The Perry City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to waive a $34,506.60 bill filed against former state legislator, high school football coach, newspaper publisher and downtown property owner Ken Smith.

The bill was for the demolition and removal of a building that was on a downtown lot Smith donated to the city for conversion to a public parking lot. (During demolition it was discovered the building contained asbestos, and that Smith was possibly aware of the asbestos issue at the time he donated the property to the city but failed to disclose that fact to the council.)

PHOTO: Ken Smith, right, addressed the Perry City Council Tuesday expressing his displeasure with the treatment he said he received from City Manager Bob Brown. Mayor Daryll Gunter and Councilwoman Shirlie Scott listened to his complaint and joined fellow council members in voting to waive a $34,000 bill Smith received from the city.

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