The El Dorado City Council will revisit a proposed condemnation resolution when they convene for a regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. today in the Council Chamber of City Hall.
Council members agreed last month to table the resolution that was submitted by City Code Enforcement Kirby Craig.
Listed in the resolution are 12 properties that are up for condemnation. They include:
• 1223 Blackard; Ruth Williams; unsanitary and unsafe.
• 418 W. Block; Jackie Toney; obnoxious and unsafe.
• 710 Ouachita; Nile and Marzell Smith; obnoxious and unsafe.
• 826 W. Second; Sherri Sweeney; dilapidated, obnoxious and unsanitary.
• 1703 Detroit; Sean Groves; dilapidated, obnoxious and unsafe.
• 1000 E. Oak; Erice Lewis; New York, New York; dilapidated obnoxious and unsafe.
• 1208 Buchanan; Charles Jones; dilapidated, obnoxious, unsafe and unsanitary.
• 550 Cooper Drive; Kenneth and Bridgette Allen; dilapidated, obnoxious and unsafe.
• 3108 E. Main; Leonard Baugus; dilapidated and obnoxious.
• 1326 E. Burns; Janice Champion; unsafe and obnoxious.
• 1210 N. Miles; Debra Critton; dilapidated, obnoxious and unsafe.
• 403 Martin Luther King; Claudia Stevenson; dilapidated, obnoxious and unsafe.
During the council’s last regular meeting on Feb. 22, city officials agreed to table the resolution after council member Willie McGhee inquired about the
occupancy of the properties, saying that he wanted to make sure the properties were vacant before the city razes them.
Mayor Frank Hash suggested then that the council review the list with Craig present.
The council is also expected to hear a report about the city’s dog control service.
The city contracts with Union County Animal Control Officer Charles Hartsell to provide the service.
McGhee had requested a report about the service, and on Feb. 22, Hash said he would present the report today.
Several city departments are working to demolish condemned properties throughout the city.
City officials allotted nearly $400,000 toward the effort, which includes $30,000 to cover overtime pay for the El Dorado Fire Department to use condemned structures that are suitable for live-fire training.
The measure was approved after Hartsell and city officials learned that some abandoned properties are being used for dogfighting.
One house that officials said had been used to stage dog fights had been on the city’s condemnation list for 18 months.
Craig previously said that he temporarily suspended the condemnation process because of a backlog of condemned structures throughout the city.
City officials agreed to hire contractor to help take down some of the structures to complement work that is being done by the EFD and the Department of Public Works.
Last month, council member Billy Blann asked that the council be kept abreast of the progress of the effort.
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