IRON RIVER— The Iron River City Council has filed suit against the former owner of River City Lanes, seeking to quicken cleanup of the burned out building.
Lawyers for the city filed suit against John Hohensee and North Pointe Insurance Company in 41st Circuit Court on Oct. 16, according to court documents.
“We are actively involved in negotiations and hope to have this resolved very soon,” City Attorney Mark D. Tousignant said late last week.
The claim alleges that the site of the former bowling alley is dangerous. Iron River City Manager Perry Franzoi said the remaining debris violates the city’s blight ordinance.
An estimate from BAR Enterprises Inc. of Iron River set the cost of cleanup and disposal of debris at $38,841. However, North Point Insurance committed to pay only $12,125. According to court documents, Hohensee said he cannot afford to pay the cleanup costs and that the entire bill should be covered by insurance. He has filed suit against the insurance company.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Dec. 5 before Judge Richard Celello.
Firefighters responded to River City Lanes during the early morning hours of May 20, 2011, but the structure was a total loss. The bowling alley was located at 90 E. Genesee St.