Committee tables establishing property maintenance appeals board

Committee tables establishing property maintenance appeals board
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Plans to establish a board of appeals to the Jonesboro Property Maintenance Code were put on hold Tuesday night.

"To be on the safe side, I don't see any need to appoint the committee right now," Alderman John Street said in the special called Nominating and Rules Committee meeting Tuesday afternoon.

In May, the code goes to a vote before Jonesboro residents. Depending on the outcome, it could be repealed.

Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin previously said that creating the board of appeals would technically be the final step needed before the city could start enforcing the code.

However, members of the Nominating and Rules Committee unanimously voted to table the issue, citing a number of reasons.

"I saw no need to appoint a board of appeals when it's pending, the decision by the citizens of Jonesboro," Alderman Street said. "There's plenty of time after the election to see if we even need a board of appeals."

Alderman Street also said a letter sent to the city Monday served as a cease and desist to pursuing the code before the election.

He said listening to the letter is "common sense."

If the code passes in May, the board of appeals will consist of three Jonesboro residents and two alternates.

The members are not city employees and are qualified on matters pertaining to property maintenance.

The board would be able to uphold or dismiss decisions made by code enforcement officers.

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