Pecos Abandoned Homes Have Got to Go

Nick Lawton
NewsWest 9

PECOS - Those abandoned, condemned homes all over Pecos may look harmless but they're more than just eyesores. They pose risks to the community.

"There is part of the building left there being used for things that we don't want it used for," City of Pecos Mayor, Venetta Seals, said. "Aesthetic value is always a great start but it's also health and safety reasons as well."

They've got to go but with the average cost to clear just one being $4,000 and a lack of manpower, Pecos is reaching out to Reeves County.

"We only have one bulldozer but it's a large one and it's out at the landfill and we don't have a trailer to move that," Seals said. "Since they have the equipment better than what the city has to demolish some of these properties and get it hauled off, maybe they can help us with that and we can help them in some monetary way."

These properties are everywhere.

"I'm not sure I even want to think of what the number might be," Seals said.

But the proposed inter local agreement will have at least 21 properties destroyed, one per month, starting in June.

In exchange for the county providing equipment, manpower and helping with the costs, the city will pay for the construction of a water well at the Reeves County Golf Course.

These abandoned, condemned properties stretch across Pecos.

City officials call them a health risk for others.

Firefighters call them a fire risk because people like to come by and light them up.

"Too many properties are ready for demolition," Freddy Contreras, Fire Chief of the Pecos Volunteer Firefighters, said. "They're just sitting there, little kids going in there, other people just wanting to see what's in there and of course the last is somebody trying to have a fire and causing us to go out there and fight the fire."

Firefighters said these arson cases stem from people's frames of mind.

"Some people just like to see fire. Other people just want to see the fire department responding," Contreras said. "We get a lot of dumpster fire calls where people just pass by and turn it on."

Reeves County has not yet signed on to the agreement but city officials hope a deal can be struck so the junk gets cleared out.