City considers board that will review problem areas

Mayor James Sanders (Source: KAIT-TV)
Mayor James Sanders (Source: KAIT-TV)

BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) - An area community has taken on a large economic development process and is now considering implementing a Criminal Nuisance Abatement Board.

Blytheville Mayor James Sanders said this is just another piece in the process of improving quality of life in the city.

The Criminal Nuisance Abatement board will be made up of five city residents.

Mayor Sanders said the specifics are still under discussion, but the board will review troubled areas in the city.

It will allow citizens to file a report with Code Enforcement about a problem business or residence and have it reviewed by the board.

If the board determines it to be a nuisance, a business may be ordered to close or a property owner may be asked to evict certain tenants.

Of course, all decisions have the ability to be appealed to the circuit court.

"It's not meant to tear down the neighborhood," Sanders said. "It's meant to enhance it, so it'll give the people of that residence or in that immediate area a voice."

Mayor Sanders said right now, this is not a law.

He's trying to get the word out that this is the direction the city is moving, and get the community involved in the process.

The proposal had its first reading in the March city council meeting, and Sanders said now is the time for discussion and any changes necessary.

The proposal will be read again at the next council meeting in April.

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