New wall for Lane building

Chris Jansma and Kevin Kleinhesselink of LK Construction of Sheldon pour concrete on the south wall of the H.C. Lane Building in Sheldon on Thursday, June 13.

SHELDON—The ongoing saga involving the Sheldon City Council and H.C. Lane building may be coming to a close soon.

The troubled building located in downtown Sheldon is again on the agenda for the council’s meeting at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 19.

Workers from LK Construction of Sheldon have been making repairs to the building’s south wall — which an engineer’s reported noted was compromised and posed a moderate risk of collapse — as weather permits and poured concrete for a new wall on Thursday.

The wall is located adjacent to the east-west alley that connects Third and Fourth avenues south of Ninth Street. The alley has been closed off since April 3 and will not be reopened until an engineer confirms the wall is safe.

In addition to the alley’s closure, city staff erected snow fences around the property line of the former Eagles Club, which is next to the Lane building, at the owner’s request to prevent people driving through the parking lot.

Since April, the council has held public discussions with Lane building manager Rod Fonkert — who looks after the property on behalf owner Daniel Lane Jr. of Newport Beach, CA, a descendant of the structure’s namesake — and there have been tense moments.

One of Fonkert’s gripes has been that he needed an extension on the initial deadline to repair the wall as well as other problems at the 324-326 addresses at the Lane Building while city officials have countered that these issues are not new and should have been resolved well before its intervention.

Among other business Wednesday, the council will:

  • Vote on mayoral appointments of councilman Wayne Barahona to the Crossroads Pavilion Board of Directors and councilman Tom Eggers to the Sheldon Chamber and Development Corporation Board of Directors.
  • Hold the third reading of an ordinance setting water rates and how the city delivers utility bill notifications.
  • Hold public hearings for the proposed franchise agreements with MidAmerican Energy Co. for electric and natural gas services.
  • Vote on the resignation of Dakota Brown as the full-time emergency medical technician/paramedic coordinator for the Sheldon Community Ambulance Team effective July 3. In two related motions, the council will vote on allowing Brown to join SCAT as a volunteer EMT and discuss the future of the full-time EMT position.
  • Vote on switching the city’s bond service from UMB Bank to Bank of Oklahoma Financial. The city’s previous bond servicer was sold to UMB and the switch would provide a 25 percent savings.
  • Vote on workers’ compensation and liability renewals.