Catlin board to consider unusual building request
CATLIN — Village board members voted this week to delay making a decision on a business owner's request to set a car atop his building.
John Van Ham submitted a building permit application to the Catlin Village Board regarding his business, Hillo Used Cars. Van Ham wants to take a car, remove its engine, gas tank and seats, and then set the shell of the car on the roof of his business.
In the application, Van Ham estimated that the shell of the car would weigh between 800 and 1,000 pounds. He said he would not put any lettering or designs on the car, and the car would be attached to a metal beam on the roof.
Mayor James Robinson said that he had no opinion either way on having a car set on the roof of a downtown business. Board members said a downtown business had a car on its roof a few years ago, and that they wanted to research the reasons for its removal before voting whether to grant Van Ham's request.