MONTICELLO, Ark — People in a South Arkansas neighborhood said a single mobile home in their community has not just become an eye-sore, It’s bringing crime and they want it gone.
Plowing away the old to make room for new growth is something Clyde Wolfe knows all about.
“I’m getting my ground ready to plant okra, pinto beans, string beans, watermelon … you name it,” said Wolfe.
While Wolfe is getting ready to root fresh veggies and fruits in his Monticello neighborhood, the city is getting ready to uproot an abandoned mobile home up the road.
“It brings the value of property down and it just doesn’t look good in the neighborhood,” said Wolfe.
Brian Rodgers, City Property Inspector, said someone dumped the trailer on East Watts Avenue two years ago.
“I feel sorry for the residents of the street, because they have to look at it and live next to it,” said Rodgers. “The neighborhood has complained about it. So, the city is going to get it out of their way.”
Rodgers said the trailer didn’t always look like a nesting ground for bugs and rodents.
He said vandals have stolen siding, appliances, cabinets, and stripped wiring, over the years.
“We want to get rid of this and get it out of the neighborhood, so they can enjoy their land,” said Rodgers.
Rodgers said he’s tried finding the owner of the land and trailer, but no luck.
“It’s very frustrating,” said Rodgers.
Now, it’s going to cost the city about $2,000 to remove the eyesore…
Money Rodgers said the city will have to scrape the bottom their pockets to pay for.
“We don’t have the revenue the bigger cities have,” said Rodgers.
With it gone, Wolfe hopes it springs about new life in the neighborhood he’s called ‘home’ for 45 years.
“One thing, it will give the community a better facelift,” said Wolfe.
The city hopes to have the mobile home destroyed and whatever parts sold by the end of next week.