The city of Chillicothe hopes that the fourth time will be the charm in its effort to obtain grant funding to help rid the community of vacant and dilapidated houses.

An estimated 60 structures within the city have been identified as needing demolition or repair, and up to $125,000 is available through a competitive application process with the Community Development Block Grant Program.

City Council members, during their regular meeting Monday evening, voted to pursue the application. Specific dollar amounts and a complete list of the residential structures that would qualify have yet to be identified.

"We have them in every ward," Mayor Chuck Haney said about dilapidated houses.

The city has established $500 per residential structure as the homeowner fee required to participate in this year's grant. If the grant is received, the city would provide in-kind services of disconnecting electric utilities, finish the grade lot, seed and mulch the lot, and perform housing inspections.

No commercial structures are on the list as of this time.

The city is in the process of identifying structures based on last year's list, according to Tammi Venneman, code enforcement officer. Some structures on that list, however, either have been removed or repaired. The top 10 worst structures have already been addressed by the city.

Anyone wanting to have structures considered for the list, should contact the city's codes office at 646-5636 by this Friday, Feb. 15.