HUSTONVILLE — A haunted house in Hustonville may relocate because dealing with city residents' complaints has been "an absolute headache," business owner Paul Gray said Tuesday night.
Gray told the Hustonville City Council he is still seeking bids for repairing Hustonville Haunted House, which suffered a wall collapse in February that has kept a block of Old Liberty Road shut down as a safety precaution ever since.
Gray anticipates having a contractor picked out to make repairs by the end of June, but he said he is also meeting with owners of other area haunted houses and may wind up tearing the building down and relocating.
"It's sad because I'd honestly rather rebuild it than move," Gray said. "But in a town of 300 people I'm getting more grief from 300 people than you'd get in a town of 30,000."
One woman in attendance said she is tired of the road closure causing her to drive around her regular route.
"Now you've got to go I'm saying a mile to go to the Post Office," the woman said. "I think that Haunted House needs to be tore down."
"I'm probably going to honor your wishes to tear it down … and just get out of town," Gray responded.
Gray said things have gotten nastier and nastier for his family the longer it takes to repair the haunted house. His wife was "cussed out" in the Family Dollar parking lot, he said.
"I really am sorry," he said. "I know it's been a burden on everybody, but we'll get it resolved."
Mayor Marc Spivey said resolution of the problem is exactly what the city wants.
"To be honest with you Paul, we're going to have to bring some closure to this," Spivey said.
In April, Gray told the city council repairs were being delayed in Frankfort because the state had to approve his plan and it was still back-logged with cases from the tornado outbreak earlier this year.
Old Liberty Road has remained closed between city hall and Main Street in case the wall, which borders the road, were to collapse further. Gray said so far inspectors say nothing has budged after the initial collapse.
Spivey said Tuesday night the road has to remain closed until the building is repaired because if another collapse were to happen "the one fatality would be too much for the city to bear."
Gray said he is meeting with his fellow haunted house owners on June 13 in Danville and will know more about his plans for either rebuilding or relocating after that.
"There's about six of us and we're all in a group together and we're trying to resolve it, trying to save it and build it back bigger," he said. "I'd hate to see it go. It's an old building; it's got a lot of history behind it."
Gray said a complicating factor is that the building next to his haunted house is "in terrible shape" and could itself be at risk for collapse during construction on his building.
Gray told the city council he will call and update Spivey on June 14 after his meeting in Danville. He said he will also have a plan in place by June 30 and be able to update the city council at its regular July 3 meeting.
Water pump station repaired
Spivey told city council members the city's Junction City water pump station was successfully repaired May 30 without disrupting service to its customers.