West Monroe cracks down on unsafe properties

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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - The West Monroe Code Enforcement Office is cracking down on rundown properties around the city.

The West Monroe Code Enforcement Office is cracking down on rundown properties around the city. Source: (KNOE)

Tuesday night, they're presenting a list of properties to the city council. If the council approves, the properties will be condemned and eventually demolished.

“We look at houses where the floors are caving in or the roofs are messed up. Anything that’s not safe,” said Code Enforcement Director Marie Knight.

It's a change that some members of the community are embracing as well.

"If anybody does go in there, they're going to be really seriously hurt,” said neighbor Irene Williams. "They really do need to be torn down, help beautify the community."

Knight said that not all of the property owners have been happy with the efforts, because if they don't foot the bill for the demolition the city puts a lien on their property. However, she said that, at this point, it was usually cheaper to tear these properties down than to fix them up.

“Sometimes they’re like it’s okay, we’ll put a few dollars into it, but it takes more than a few dollars," said Knight. "Just everybody, take care of your property and you won’t have to see us.”