Walnut Ridge City Council to discuss property condemnations

Walnut Ridge City Council to discuss property condemnations

WALNUT RIDGE, AR (KAIT) - UPDATE May 3:   The Walnut Ridge City Council will not look at tearing down the building on Highway 67.

According to Mayor Charles Snapp, the city learned the property is not listed under JR Rogers' name, but his sisters'.

The Walnut Ridge Chief Inspector gave Rogers a "Stop Work Order" for his construction work.

Because of the work order, Snapp said the condemnation possibility will be removed from the council's agenda.


The Walnut Ridge City Council plans to make decisions about several properties around town during their next meeting.

They will consider tearing down a building on Highway 67 North, owned by JR Rogers.

Rogers had until May 1 to tear the building down. Since he did not meet that deadline, the council will now determine the fate of the property.

Mayor Charles Snapp said he would also be giving an update on a verbal proposal JR Rogers offered on the old Barton's building, which the mayor refused on behalf of the city.

That comes after the mayor sent a letter to Rogers about what it would take to upgrade the building and bring it back to code.

Permission to sell the city's building on West Main Street, which was donated to the city by Annette Hilburn, will also be discussed.

It will be recommended that the proceeds from the sell would be used for capital improvements, like the next ball field at Stewart Park. That is according to Mayor Snapp.

There are several other buildings in the city that are also on a list for possible condemnation.

Snapp said there are around 8 commercial buildings with three or four different owners on that list.

The council meeting will be May 16.

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