After an analysis of property within the city of Boonville, 140 properties have been put on the 'Worst of Worst' (WOW) list. These properties have certain areas of concern as the city continues its enforcement of guidelines set forth by the Boonville City Council.

After an analysis of property within the city of Boonville, 140 properties have been put on the 'Worst of Worst' (WOW) list. These properties have certain areas of concern as the city continues its enforcement of guidelines set forth by the Boonville City Council.
Boonville City Assistant Administrator Kate Fjell gave an update on the initiative at the Monday evening council meeting.
Fjell said after a comprehensive survey of the city, she and Boonville Building Inspector Steve Hage narrowed their properties down to properties with major structural issues.
"We have 140 properties that are the worst of the worst," Fjell said. "We then decided to do one ward per year."
Ward One is the starting point for this endeavor as 40 properties have been named on the list.
The next step will be to send out a property maintenance letter to the property owners. The letter will state the issues and what needs to be done to rectify the problem. Fjell added that many of these properties are teetering on the brink of being derelict.  
"The question is when you are dealing with derelict houses — some of these issues require significant repairs and people may not always have the money. We may have to be flexible enough for them to meet the necessary repair time," Fjell added.
Fjell said that some houses on this list may end up on the derelict housing list because of the property's many issues.
Hage said that the two derelict housing projects on Morgan Street have been completed. He said that 313 Morgan Street was the last home to be torn down. He said the property has been back filled and seeded with grass. The city usually has a lean on a property after a project of this nature. In this case, the city has ownership of the now-vacant lot. Discussion commenced on how to market the lot, or at least break even from the cost of the demolition. Since the property is zoned R-3, a single family house or duplex can be built on the property.
Boonville Ward Three Councilman said as the city moves through the WOWs city officials need to sit down and talk about numbers.
"When we look at the 140 properties and find out that we have 120 DDBs (dangerous buildings), we need to talk about how many we can process," beach said.
He also added that the city needs to find a way to process these properties faster.
Hage said it all boils down to what can be accomplished. He added that alone the two properties on Morgan Street cost about $26,000.
"This is one reason it has taken us 10 years to get where we are because we only have so much money," Boonville Mayor Julie Thacher said.