Building Inspector Russ Carter said the paperwork has been filed on several pieces of unkempt properties within the city.
But he admits it still remains a lengthy process.
“There are currently 41 pieces of property that have gone through the 10-step process,” Carter said. “It does require 60 days for each property...it is an extensive process.”
Carter said there are seven lots that will soon be demolished by the city street department.
“Once those are demolished, we will clean our slate,” Carter said.
But it won’t stay clean for long with a number of other properties that will arrive on the table.
Alderman Aubry Brent Jr. said he understands that demolishing dilapidated houses is a lengthy procedure, but he has reservations with the stagnant report of some projects.
“The houses that have been taken through the process, when will the city be able to take the initiative and knock these houses down,” Brent asked.
Carter said with those particular lots, his department has done their work.
“That is on the street department now,” Carter replied. “The paperwork has been done and handed in. Some individuals have gone ahead and torn down their properties on their own.”
Carter said there are five homes that are left to be demolished within the city.