Region 8 Eyesores Revisited

December 1, 2005 – Posted at 4:12 p.m. CST

JONESBORO, AR -- It's been one month since KAIT went along with Jonesboro Code Enforcement officers, checking out eyesores in the city. We documented broken windows, unsafe conditions and abandoned homes.

K8 news visited a trailer on Patrick Street exactly one month ago. As you can tell, not much has changed, only the grass has gotten taller. It's still the same furniture, but some of the broken glass is new, and neighbors continue to worry.

"I think it's not very pleasant to look at. it's just messy, it's run down, people used to live there but not anymore, it's grown up. It just doesn't look very good in the neighborhood," said neighbor Bob Wright.

Code enforcement officers showed us the eyesore last month....neighbors say they can't tell anything has been done.

"I haven't seen them do anything, actually," said Wright.

Ron Shipley, of Jonesboro's Code Enforcement said, "It's just a matter of following through all the legal steps. We want to be sure that when we present this to the city council, they're very comfortable with what we are doing, and it's ready to be passed so we can get on the next step of the process."

A house on Huntington hasn't cleaned up since our last visit either. But someone took the time to put up Christmas decorations.

Carrie Chumbley thinks keeping the neighborhood clean is a community effort.

"It's my responsibility to take care of my yard, and I rent. So I think it's their responsibility too," said Chumbley.

Home owners and code enforcement officers will square off before city council next week. They'll meet on December 6 to determine whether or not this property should be condemned.