Twenty-three days.

That's the final extension members of the Grove City Council have given Rick and Kelly Schreiber of Grove to clear out the structure known as the Village Barn for demolition.

The decision, which began during April council meetings, came to a head on Tuesday, Aug. 1, as council members conducted the final public hearing for the structure.

The building, which sits at the corner of Main and O'Daniel Parkway, formerly housed the Schreibers' antique business and the Brush and Palette Club.

In the last few months, the Schreibers have closed their business and the art club has moved to a new location on Fourth Street. In April, the council declared the property in “disrepair, dilapidated” and “a hazard to health, safety and welfare of the general public.”

Kelly Schreiber was present to discuss her business. No members of the Brush and Palette Club were in attendance at Tuesday's meeting.

Initially, an order issued in June by the council, required the Schreibers, and the Brush and Palette Club to work together by Aug. 15, to "remove the structure and debris; fill and level the ground" for mowing. 

During Tuesday's meeting council members listened as Schreiber asked for additional time to remove more than three decades worth of items from the building.

Schreiber said the couple have been "working diligently" to transfer items to storage, but had run across several roadblocks in the process.

She said an auction company official contacted to help disperse items could not fit the business into his schedule until after the deadline. Mennonites, contacted to help salvage some of the wood and other items from the building, could not come to Grove until later this fall.

Schreiber said it would take at least 30 additional days to empty the building. She asked for an additional 30 days to salvage items from the building.

"If you've packed up a household, this is about a dozen households," Schreiber said. "It just takes time. We've made a lot of progress."

She said the couple did not attend the June meeting, because they were out of town on business. She was under the impression, from comments made during the April meetings, the council would work with them until the job was complete.

Grove Mayor Ed Trumbull asked if a designated schedule could be developed. Schreiber said she continues to work to remove the items from the building, now that members of the family trust have accepted the city's decision concerning the building's fate. 

Councilman Marty Dyer encouraged his fellow council members to consider extending the Schreibers' deadline.

"It's a big job, with a lot to do," Dyer said. "As long as we are seeing significant progress is the main thing."

Following a motion by Councilman Ivan Devitt, the council voted unanimously to give the Schreibers until Aug. 31 to clear out their things from the structure. They are to return to the council meeting on Sept. 5, to update the council concerning the building's demolition.

Schreiber told the council she would continue to work with members of the Brush and Palette Club regarding the demolition process.

"We've been happy neighbors for almost 30 years," Schreiber said. 

Council members also discussed the status of the property located at 131 South Cherokee Street, owned by Valerie Vitro.

In April, council members determined Vitro’s wooden outbuildings were in need of demolishing, because of its “disrepair, dilapidated” state.

An amended administrative order was issued on June 20, requiring the structure taken down by July 21.

No one was present to discuss the property during Tuesday's final public hearing. 

Members of the council voted unanimously to accept the city staff proposal to require Vitro to remove the wooden structure - and secure the metal outbuilding by Aug. 14. If she does not comply, a city contractor will begin the process to bring the property up to code, with a lien for costs plus $225 administration fee placed upon the property.