11 Listens: Proposal would restrict junk, abandoned homes in Pulaski Co.

Concerns over junk, abandoned homes

PULASKI CO., Ark. (KTHV) - Abandoned homes outside of the city limits can be an eyesore and a safety concern, but right now, nothing that can be done about them. Outside city limits there are fewer regulations. While some like the freedom, it can mean more trash and junk.

For quite some time, Public Works has received numerous complaints from people wanting areas cleaned up. Now, that might happen through a proposal.

“It looks bad for the community, a community that's trying to come up," said Tonia Pearson. “After people died and their family members moved away, they just leave the home."

Pearson said she noticed too many abandoned homes lately. Other neighbors have complained to Public Works saying something needs to be done.

“They just sit there until the trees cover them up," said Pearson.

The county has received complaints that junk, garbage, and rubbish (often as a result of abandoned or burned out homes) cause unsightly and unsanitary conditions.

“It’s all over the county in unincorporated areas," said Barbra Richard, Pulaski County Public Works Director.

It's not only an eye sore but can be a safety hazard and bring down property value. There's also concern that these conditions can lead to criminal activity including drug manufacture.

"A homeless person don’t have nowhere to go, they go in one of these abandoned houses," said Pearson.

A proposal would regulate unincorporated areas giving the county the power to order property owners to eliminate unsightly conditions.

“We can get rid of burned out structures, any abandoned property," said Pearson.

“I would call and let them know, 'y’all come tear these houses down, they just sitting around and they ugly'," said Pearson

The issue will go before the full Quorum Court during its next meeting on September 27. If this ordinance passes, officials say they wouldn't go out looking for problem areas, instead it would give the community power to ask for something to be done.


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