City will try to recoup clean-up costs for Mt. Carmel demolition

City will try to recoup clean-up costs for Mt. Carmel demolition
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HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The City of Hattiesburg is going after the State Bank of Texas to be reimbursed for over $295,000 in clean-up costs following demolition at Mount Carmel Baptist Church.

City Council voted four to one Tuesday to "adopt a resolution to adjudicate the clean-up cost and direct the placement as an assessment for demolition cost"  against the Mount Carmel Church property.  Ward 2 council member Deborah Delgado was against the action.

This is a step in a legal process against the church's mortgage lender, State Bank of Texas.  According to the resolution, the actual clean-up cost the city is hoping to earn is $295,677.32.

Last month, a federal judge ruled the mortgage lender would receive all of the church's insurance settlement, close to $1.7 million, from February 2013's EF-4 tornado that damaged buildings on the property.  Mount Carmel Pastor Gabriel Bobbett had told city leaders legal battles over funding for repairs had kept anything from improving on the property since the storm hit.