The North Little Rock City Council on Monday looked at plans to clean up structures considered in disrepair.
North Little Rock aldermen said 4515 Orange St. either needs to be brought up to code to torn down. On Nov. 30, 2016, officers received notice from the North Little Rock Fire Department that the property had sustained fire damage. The property was red tagged and the owner of record was mailed notice to contact the city’s code enforcement department within 10 days.
“On Dec. 2016, I went by and noticed that the house was open and the red tag had been removed,:” said Code Enforcement Officer Felicia McHenry. “I attached another red tag to the house and closed the door.”
On April 4, Peter Newbern called the office and stated that he was the father of owner Peter Mitchell and wanted to advise the city’s code enforcement office that his father does not have the funds to repair the house.
Peter Newbern was advised that he wasn’t the owner of the property and that his father would need to call the office instead. McHenry said Mitchell never made contact with the city. “However, all notices mailed to him by certified mail to his address on record according to county records were signed by him,” he said.
On April 14, McHenry said her office started condemnation proceedings with a notice of public nuisance along with a notice of the City Council mailed by certified and regular mail to all interested parties and also posted on the property, as well as advertised in the newspaper for a City Council public hearing.
“The structure is considered to be unsafe for human habitation and is also considered to be a public nuisance,” McHenry said. “IT is the recommendation of the North Little Rock Code Enforcement Department that this structure be considered for condemnation.
The council also looked at 1506 N. Vine St. In January, McHenry said she conducted an inspection of the property after receiving complaints from neighbors regarding a vacant unsecured property. “Notices of public nuisance were mailed to owner of record …. owner signed for all notices however Ms. Martin never made contact with code enforcement.”
McHenry said the owners later secured the structure. She said neighbors stated that the owner is trying to sell the property as is.
“Nothing more done to structures to bring them into compliance,” McHenry said. “This structure sits on the same parcel with another structure (801 Curtis Sykes) which is also in violation.”
On April 14, McHenry said she started condemnation proceedings with a notice of public nuisance along with a notice of City Council potential action mailed by certified and regular mail to all interested parties and also posted on the property as well as advertised in the newspaper.
“The structure is considered to be unsafe for human habitation and is also considered to be a public nuisance,” McHenry said. “It is the recommendation of the North Little Rock Code Enforcement Department that this structure be considered for condemnation.”