Oakland City Addresses Blighted Properties

Some neighbors in Oakland City have had enough of seeing blighted mobile homes in their neighborhood.
The city has been working on taking them down but the city says the property owners need to make an effort.

"They are a nuisance or they are in such disrepair,” said City Inspector Thomas Johnstone.

Johnstone has a lot to say about the run down mobile homes around town.

"Most of the people have not lived in them for a while,” said Johnstone.

City officials want to give neighbors in this area a better view of their neighborhood.

"Its a safe neighborhood but the houses around sometimes don't look the greatest,” said neighbor Alicia Chitwood.

Neighbors like Alicia Chitwood want the ugly and unlivable homes gone.

"I think it would be better for the city too,” said Chitwood.

The city says they have sent letters to all the property owners but still nothing is happening.

"Look around Oakland City, a lot of them are run down and they need to be tore down or something,” said Chitwood.

That's why the city is taking the next step taking down the homes themselves unless property owners step up.

"If nothing happens the city takes it down and then charges it back to the property,” said Johnstone.

That charge can cost 3,000 dollars.

 


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