HUSTONVILLE — The city of Hustonville will likely wind up paying a little less than $15,000 to clean up the collapsed haunted house structure on Main Street.
City Council members have accepted a $9,800 bid from contractor Tommy Owens to clean up the remaining debris from the building, which collapsed Dec. 9.
Owens was the lowest of three bidders for the job; the other two bids were for $12,500 and $13,500.
Owens also conducted emergency cleanup work shortly after the building collapsed, knocking down portions of the structure that hadn't fallen yet and cleaning away debris.
Mayor David Peyton said he's spoken with Owens about the cost of the emergency cleanup and expects to receive an invoice for around $5,000.
A portion of an outer wall of the haunted house wall collapsed onto Liberty Road in February 2012, causing a 10-month road closure while city officials and the property owner, Paul Gray, battled over potential solutions.
The city was successful in gaining permission from the state fire marshal to tear down the building, but nature took things into its own hands in December, when the building collapsed in the midst of multiple days of heavy rain.