Code enforcement brainstorms ways to work more efficiently

Blytheville code enforcement issues
Asst. Chief Ricky Jefferson (Source: KAIT-TV)
Asst. Chief Ricky Jefferson (Source: KAIT-TV)

BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) - An overwhelming amount of abandoned houses has one code enforcement department falling behind and citizens frustrated.

Assistant Chief Ricky Jefferson said the Blytheville Code Enforcement Department has gotten several complaints about their work pace.

But, with the number of violations they are dealing with, it's hard to stay caught up.

So the city has already started brainstorming ways to work more efficiently.

And Jefferson said one of the more popular ideas is creating a new workforce division within code enforcement.

"Well, I'm hoping it will consist of a truck, a trailer, maybe a couple of zero-turn lawnmowers, push mowers, weed eaters, etc., all of the tools that you need to properly maintain a property," Jefferson said.

Jefferson said it would be ideal to start off with two employee positions and grow from there.

Of course, a final proposal will have to go before city council, and likely wouldn't be implemented until next year.

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