In municipal government, it is customary to take action and clean up City Hall. In the case of North Little Rock City Council on Aug. 27, aldermen took action to clean up several locations in town.
The council adopted resolutions to condemn structures in town:
1. 1207 W. 25th St., North Little Rock. On May 24, Owner Rickey Alexander of Hot Springs was mailed a letter from the city’s code enforcement office that stated, "May 2012, Officer W. Wright stated that after observing this property, the owners have failed to do any maintenance on the structure and it has continued to deteriorate. There are numerous code violations that existed at this time. This structure is considered to be extremely hazardous and is considered to be a public nuisance and it is the recommendation of the North Little Rock Code Enforcement Department that the structure be considered for condemnation."
The council voted to condemn the structure and the property owner has 30 days to comply with eliminating the code violations or raze it.
2. 1203 W. 25th St., North Little Rock. On May 24, owners Robert and Janice Skinner of Mayflower were sent a letter by the code enforcement office detailing why the office recommended the council condemn the property. "May 2012 officer W. Wright stated that the above named property was noticed to have burned, the discarded and charred clothing, furniture and other debris tossed into the yard and for sale signs were placed on the items. After numerous calls to Mr. Skinner no effort was made to clean up the debris and Mr. Skinner was issued a citation for public nuisance. This structure is considered to be extremely hazardous and is considered to be a public nuisance and it is the recommendation of the North Little Rock Code Enforcement Department that the structure be considered for condemnation."
Robert Skinner addressed the council and asked members to forego the condemnation proceedings because he wants to sell the structure. Mayor Patrick Hays told Skinner the city wants to work with homeowners about restoring their properties and told him to discuss the matter with the office of City Attorney Jason Carter.
3. 1421 W. 9 St., North Little Rock. The council voted to condemn the property but gave owner Baring Cross Restoration 90 days to sell the property at the request of Alderman Murry Witcher who said Baring Cross owner Alan Abston has done a great job restoring numerous houses in North Little Rock. Witcher added that the structure has a lot of historical value and the city should give the property owner every opportunity possible to save the home and help it to be restored.
Abston asked the council to give him longer than 30 days because he has someone interested in buying the property.
4. The council voted to spend $116,800 in accepting the low bid of Jimmy A. Patton Contracting for the demolition and site clearance at 122 E. 4th St., North Little Rock. The structure is also known as the former Checkmate Building. The funds to pay for the demolition are coming from the city’s sales tax capital improvements fund, according to the resolution.
5. The council also approved putting tax liens on various city properties as a result of grass cutting expenses and the need to abate other types of nuisances. Properties were the council placed the tax liens were: 816 E. 16th St., $135; 1008 E. 15th St., $135.60; 1123 E. 16th St., $135.60; 812 C St., $135.60; 814 C. St., $135.60; 814 C St., $135.60; 901 D St., $135.60; 4300 Division, $135.60; 123 Emily St., $135.60; 807 F St., $135.60; 1015 F St. ., $135.60; 914 G St. ., $135.60; 917 G St., $135.60; 801 H St., $135.60; 4820 Haywood St., $135.60; 5115 Lynch Drive., $135.60; 616 Mills St., $135.60; 1617 Pine St., $135.60; 10 Puckett St., $135.60; 4201 Redding St., $135.60; 4904 School St., $135.60; 13 Sierra Court, $135.60; 3514 Sycamore St., $135.60; 3516 Sycamore St., $135.60; 704 Vine St., $135.60; 1605 Vine St., $135.60.