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Council looks to change red tag rules after Dutton House drama


The saga of a Sioux City home, which was damaged in a fire three years ago, may change the way red-tagged homes are dealt with locally.

The historic Dutton home was put on the red tag list, and given a 90-day extension when the work wasn't finished in January.

Now, their time is up.

While close, their progress isn't enough to take the home off the red tag list.

The city's ordinance only allows one 90-day extension.

With the home 95% fixed, council members didn't want to the 125-year home to meet the wrecking ball.

However they worried about setting a precedent by not following the local ordinance.

"We both have to be credible in this or we just lose sight of the fact, why we even have these ordinances on the books,” said Councilman Dan Moore.

“I'm embarrassed almost every red tag hearing we go through when there's this expectation that large houses can be done in six months plus 90-days. It's just not realistic. I would be terrified of trying to take on a red tag project in Sioux City,” pointed out Mayor Pro Tem Keith Radig.

Several city council members suggested the ordinance be changed.

This home's owners say given the size of the home, and extent of the fire damage, completing the work in 90-days would have been nearly impossible.

They suggest a new ordinance that works on a more case-by-case basis.

“The extent of the house, what needs to be done to remove the red tag, the size. Just look at everything so they're comparing apples to apples for their time guidelines, said Netha Wise.

Sioux City leaders decided to defer a decision until June 9th, to give the Wise family more time to finish the project.

They believe they can get the work done in two weeks.

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