By: Sarah Snyder
They're an eyesore and city leaders are putting their foot down. The Andrews City Council just passed an ordinance requiring homeowners to keep their properties up to code. And city leaders are working on a system to help fix those homes before they becoming un-repairable.
There's over one hundred homes in Andrews that have fallen into disrepair. It's a problem city leaders have decided to fix.
"With a little bit of help and a little bit of work, we can help, not only dress up the house in question, but also help the neighborhood itself," Glen Hackler, City Manager said.
Last night the city council passed a property maintenance code requiring homeowners to fix all those missing doors, broken windows, and falling roofs.
"Take a look," Billy Boykin, Longtime Andrews neighbor, said. "You've got a nice house here and a dilapidated house here. It looks dilapidated. It devalues their property value. There's no money being invested over here."
"It's going to enable people to take more pride in their home," Hackler said. "That helps preserve the integrity of neighborhoods and it also helps property values in neighborhoods."
But what happens to the people who live there? The city is planning to work with local non-profits and Habitat for Humanity to help repair the homes before they fall into such disaray that they can't be fixed.
"When we have a situation where someone says 'I want to come into compliance, I want my home to look better, but I just don't have the means to pay for that,' that we can put them in touch with these groups," Hacker said.
City leaders say their goal is to improve the overall appearance of Andrews, but it won't be an overnight fix.
"I think that we'll be able to work with people to get something mutually beneficial, accomplished," Hackler said.
The city council will have the 2nd reading next month, and they plan to begin enforcing the ordinance by this Spring.