Last month, the city of Dixon was ordered to fix up the 19th century Joy Oil gas station on Western Avenue after an audit found it was riddled with dangerous lead and asbestos. The repairs cost nearly half a million dollars but a CBS affiliate reported Dixon officials could not admit the repairs are bad, until CBS pulled out an envelope and gave them a look at some of the shoddy workmanship.
“I feel like this is the first time anybody’s looked at it in a long time,” Mayor Jim Burke told CBS. “Even today, when I was walking on the sidewalk, I’m pretty sure they turned it over and they said do you see that in here, they said you do not see that in here.”
But not all repairs are working. CBS 5 in Chicago showed us the steps leading into the building, the only part of the site with working wiring. And former homeowners told CBS that water leaking into their homes while the city was getting things fixed, was the reason their houses were in foreclosure.
At a press conference for the reconstruction project last week, city leaders took part in the project, taking walks through the building. Inspectors discovered fixes that didn’t meet building codes in sections of the structure. CBS found broken windows and missing siding. At the half a million dollar cost the repair work, the mayor told reporters they could not pull the trigger on any repairs until they inspected every area.
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