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Municipality works to bring Big Timber up to code

By Lauren Maxwell 9:37 PM January 29, 2014

Residents have heat and water again

ANCHORAGE - Things may be looking up for residents of the Big Timber Motel now that they have a new landlord.

The Municipality of Anchorage took over the deed to the property because the owner owes the municipality more than $30,000 in back taxes.

Last week, residents feared they might be kicked out of their apartments after municipal crews walked through the building and found numerous safety violations. The municipality said the units had no heat and were infested with bed bugs.

Mayor Dan Sullivan said the residents deserve better. The municipality has already replaced one of the aging boilers and crews are working to bring the building up to code.

“Our team is on it and they are doing assessments of just what it takes to get it back up to good standards so that people can live in reasonable living conditions,” Sullivan said. “Shrews and bedbugs and a lack of running water and heat — that’s unacceptable for the municipality, and we’re going to fix it.”

Residents had both heat and running water Wednesday night. The mayor said the municipality is still deciding what to do with the property, but there is a possibility that residents may be able to stay.

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