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Jonesboro City Council condemns several properties

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -  "That's our goal to keep the citizens of Jonesboro safe.   Low and behold we're going to do it one way or the other," said Ronnie Shaver.

Code Enforcement Officer Ronnie Shaver says that includes making sure homes are safe for those who live in them and around them.

"It comes to the point where we have to get after the landlord.   They can either fix them up or we'll condemn them and we'll raise the structures," said Shaver.

Shaver says six properties were condemned by the Jonesboro City Council Tuesday night.

 2 homes on Fisher, one on Burke, and 3 properties on Nettleton.

"It's very important to the City of Jonesboro, and again this came out of those ward meetings," said Jonesboro Mayor, Harold Perrin.

Perrin says last year people in different wards  expressed concerns about vacant or neglected properties citywide and the potential dangers presented.  They are concerns, Perrin says, the city is addressing.

"We've budgeted 35 thousand dollars strictly for demolition in 2011.   That's compared to about 12 thousand dollars we budgeted in 2010," said Perrin.

Perrin says the city demolished 31 homes last year, adding they even transferred money to code enforcement to allow for some demolitions.

"We've got to provide service to the people and safety is number one. That's the thing we've got to look at, police protection, fire protection and this goes right along with that," said Perrin.  

As far as the six properties condemned Tuesday night, Shaver says the property owners now have 30 days to get permits and start getting the properties up to code.

"If they fail on the 31 st day, I will notify them and we will post the house that it's going to be razed, torn down," said Shaver.

Shaver says they have to complete an asbestos inspection and make sure it's clear before they can tear down and remove a property.  He says the cost to tear down a 1500 square foot house can average between 3 thousand and 35 hundred dollars. We will continue to track this story and let you know what happens to these properties.

Here are the exact addresses for the six condemned properties in Jonesboro:

343 Fisher Street

339 Fisher Street

1609 W. Nettleton Avenue

1613 W. Nettleton Avenue

1617 W. Nettleton Avenue

728 Burke Street 

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