The city of Dickson is moving through the process to demolish and remove two abandoned homes. The Office of Planning and Zoning is currently advertising for bids for the demolition and removal of homes at 1019 Garton Road and 218 West End Avenue after months of unsuccessfully trying to locate the owners. The Garton Road home was destroyed in a fire a couple of years ago and about three-fourths of its walls remain standing. The resident of the West End home died several years ago in a nursing home and the heirs boarded up the home and abandoned it. It is barely visible through the trees and brush that have grown up around it. Andy Bowker of the Planning and Zoning Office explained that registered letters are sent to the last known owner of the property based on state records. If there is no contact, the city then posts the letters on the property for a period of time. If that doesn’t get a response, then ads are run in the paper seeking the owners. Once those efforts are completed, the city can proceed with seeking bids to demolish the property and the cost is attached as a lien on the property that must be satisfied before the property can be sold or any other improvements made. Bowker said the city received several complaints about safety and health hazards involving three properties. The owner of one was located and is initiating steps to bring it into compliance. He said the city has exhausted all steps to contact the owners of the Garton Road and West End properties and is moving ahead with bids to tear down the structures. Bowker said it’s been a least a couple years since the city was forced to tear down a structure, but there are three or four more properties waiting to go through the process. Property owners who receive notice of intent to tear down a structure have 20 days to appeal to the Board of Zoning Appeals. The city is accepting bids for the demolition of the two properties until 4 pm Friday and Bowker said those bids will be presented to the city council’s Finance and Management Committee for approval.