STUTTGART, Ark — A Southeast Arkansas man said his hometown has told him he needs to fix his home or find someplace else to go.
Arthur Reeves said he knows his Stuttgart home needs some work.
“It don’t take no master to see all that’s got to be corrected,” said Reeves.
And he’s not the only one who thinks so. Reeves said in April, the city told him he had 90 days to fix his caving roof and a falling side of his house or vacate the property.
“For my safety, the community safety,” said Reeves.
A place he’s called ‘home’ since 1979.
“I raised three children, basically, here,” said Reeves. “It means a lot to me. It means part of the community. It means part of my deceased wife, even though she’s gone. God bless.”
Reeves said he doesn’t have the money to move … let alone fix the roof or sidings of his house … but knows …
“It has to be fixed,” said Reeves.
And while he sees no problem with the city’s ultimatum.
“I believe the city is working with me and this community,” said Reeves.
His friend, Robert Chambers, does.
“I think it’s wrong that the city would come in and condemn his home when he lives here, and then plus the city hasn’t offer him anywhere else to go,” said Chambers.
Now, Chambers and several people in the community have come together to buy the material needed to get Reeves home up to code.
“My heart feels great and stuff like that because it’s the right thing to do,” said Chambers.
And they’re ready …
“Getting our hands dirty, getting out and getting it done. Operation ‘Save Arthur Reeves’ home,'” said Chambers.
To help a staple of the community stay in the community.
“I think that’s brilliant,” said Reeves. “I wish it was all over with within three weeks.”
Friends plan on working on the home early Tuesday morning. Reeves goes before city council in June and hopes the work done, is enough to get the city off his back.