Property matters were a major part of this week’s meeting of the Paragould City Council.
In one action, the council passed an ordinance to rezone two adjacent tracts totaling 0.56 acres, at 705 Country Club Road, from Residential R-2 to Commercial C-3. Owners Chris and Denise Middleton plan to use the property to sell produce.
The council also adopted a resolution to condemn three pieces of property:
713 S. Fifth Ave., owned by Robert and Sheila Booth
609 Bradburn St., owned by Denise Davis
1107 Oakdale, owned by Tammy Deboard
As usual in condemnations, if the owner does not demolish a condemned structure or otherwise abate the nuisance it poses within 30 days, the city is to demolish the structures, selling the debris to cover the demolition costs. If the sale prices do not cover the costs, the city attaches liens to the properties in the amount of the unreimbursed costs.
In the same vein, the council adopted a resolution to attach liens to 10 properties, which the city had cleaned up, to reimburse it for costs incurred. Here are the properties, with listed owners, locations and lien amounts:
McGee & Meredith Investments LLC 1303 Royal St., for $123
Jamm LLC 308 S. 10th Ave., $123.14
Bennie Weatherford (Estate) and Jay Henderson, 709 E. Court St., for $131.14
Brittany Cox 503 W. Highland St., for $165.14
Larry & Ruth Ann Johnson 712 E. Court St., for $74.14
Jerry Dean Watson 508 W. Highland St., for $141.14
Jamm LLC 501 E. Main St., for $141.14
Logan Arnold Bettis 2811 Brookside Circle, for $120.28
Greater Swiss 902 S. 3rd Ave., for $79.94
Joan Case, B Street empty lot, for $74.28
The council adopted a resolution to close the 100 block of South Pruett Street on Oct. 18 from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. to permit the Leadership Paragould alumni to host its Plates on Paragould fundraising event.
“The Leadership Paragould Alumni Committee has applied for a $150,000 Blue and You grant,” said Paragould Mayor Josh Agee in explaining the need for the resolution. “If they get it, they will use it to provide amenities for the Eight Mile Trail.”
The committee is to provide a $25,000 match, Agee said, and the Plates for Paragould event is aimed to secure a portion of that amount.
The council also adopted a resolution to vacate and close an unused alley between two vacant lots just south of Hamburger Station. The lots are both owned by Justin Bryant, who petitioned the city to abandon the alley, which runs from South Second Avenue to the Union Pacific railroad track.