‘Demolish’ is ruling on Cameo

For the second time, Rockdale’s Building Standards Commission has ordered the Cameo Building demolished.

Meeting last Wednesday at City Hall, the board unanimously ordered owner Gloria Thrasher to secure the building within 14 days and demolish it within 30.

That ’ s the same order returned by the commission on March 6. Thrasher appealed that decision to the city council on April 8 and the council set aside the original decision and returned the matter to the commission.

Thrasher again has the option to appeal to the council, which sits as an appellate body for all decisions made by the commission.

EVIDENCE—Thrasher said engineer C. D. Claycamp of College

Station had concluded that the downtown building at 113 East Cameron (US 79) could be repaired.

The city also received evidence in the form of an e-mail from its consulting engineer, Ronald Koenig of Austin.

“My e-mail was a review of the engineering report submitted for the referenced building prior to observing the collapsed roof structure,” Koenig said. “It is my understanding the Building Standards Commission had a considerable amount of information that they used in determining that the building should be secured and demolished.”

Trent Wages, a sitting member of the commission, was not present for the meeting, according to City Secretary Terry Blanchar. “Alternate member James Earley sat in so the commission could have its full five members as required,” she said.

Voting to secure and demolish the building were Clifford Bartlett, Nathan Bland, Elmo Miller, Richard Henderson and Earley.

COLLAPSE—The Cameo Building is viewed as the keystone to resolving damages to the downtown block involved when the firewall collapsed in stages Aug. 29 and 30, 2012.

The former Old Tyme Antiques building, next door to Cameo, remains vacant.

Cliff’s Tavern and Ram Optical re-opened following the wall collapse.

O’Barr Rost Insurance was in the process of moving across Main Street when the collapse occurred.

That move was completed the next day.

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