Tops Removed from Towers in Mich.'s Irish Hills

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CAMBRIDGE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) -- Crews have removed the tops of two deteriorating wooden observation towers built in the 1920s in Michigan's Irish Hills as part of an effort to save them.

Officials say the Irish Hills Towers in Lenawee County's Cambridge Township need an estimated $300,000 in repairs.

The Jackson Citizen Patriot and the Detroit Free Press report that dismantling work began last week.

Township officials in April declared that the towers were a public nuisance and in violation of a local ordinance. The Irish Hills Historical Society owns them and officials have said they must make progress on funding by Aug. 1 or they'll likely be torn down.

The towers were added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2007. They've been closed to the public for more than a decade.