Ashdown City Council Votes to Condemn Vacant Building

By JESSIE SMITH
City Editor

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The vacant house on Frisco Street has been the subject of various citations since 2014. The Ashdown City Council passed a condemnation ordinance during the council meeting on November 11.

During the November 11 Ashdown City Council meeting, the council passed an ordinance to prepare to condemn a vacant house on Frisco Street. The building has received several citations for violating a city ordinance since 2014, according to Code Enforcement Officer Mark Ardwin.

“We served notice several times over the last several years,” Ardwin said. He recorded the history of the building in a letter that he presented to the Ashdown City Council during the November 11 meeting.

The letter also listed that the back wall is collapsing, and neighbors have reported wild animals, including two buzzards, coming and going from the house. Ardwin said that he assisted two previous code enforcement officers — Spencer Nixon and Charlie Parker — in issuing citations to the house, and this house is one of the oldest cases of code violations that he’s aware of in Ashdown.

“The next step will be legal service to them of the city’s action,” Ardwin said.The homeowners will have 30 days to take action.During the November 11 meeting, the Ashdown City Council also accepted the resignation of Council Member Wayne Reed, who served the first seat of Ward 3, because he is moving out of his ward, according to City Clerk Kirk Mounts.

The seat will remain empty until the new year, and then the council will appoint someone to fill his position for the remainder of the term.

The Ashdown City Council is also now accepting bids on a used 1995 F150. The truck was originally from the sanitation department.

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