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Jonesboro, AR -- Heather Flanigan Reports

Code Enforcement Works to Condemn Eyesores

July 31, 2006 - Posted at 4:10 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR -- It's unpleasant to the eye and can cause health and safety concerns. That's why Jonesboro Code Enforcement officers have been working to condemn "eyesores" across the city.

513, 515 and 517 Borgman all go before the Jonesboro City Council on Tuesday night for condemnation and unless their property owners dispute it, the abandoned homes may not be here for very much longer.    

"They are a nuisance," said Code Enforcement Officer Mike Daffron, "They are owned by out of town owners and you can see there's not much attention being given to them. They are blight to the community."    

The grass is overgrown...the papers are stacked up...and the warnings are posted.  The three properties on Borgman Street in North Jonesboro are the latest effort in the city's cleanup.

"We're excited about these," gestured Daffron, "We had five coming up this month and two of them the owners took care of them before we had to, so that was good."

The fight against eye sores may be a never ending battle...but it's one that Code Enforcement is making progress on.

"It's been doing pretty good.  We're trying to average several houses a month being condemned and we try to work on the blighted neighborhoods and we're trying to make them look better," said Daffron.

Jonesboro's Code Enforcement has a long list of properties scheduled to be torn down.  1309 Washington is slated for destruction on Tuesday and two properties on West Matthews will be torn down later this week. 

To report a city code violation, you can contact Code Enforcement at 933-4658.

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