The City of Prescott began the next chapter of the city cleanup project that focuses on the clearing of condemned and unlivable houses around town.
The process of declaring a house condemned and getting it cleared is a lengthy process that takes years and involves multiple people and organizations: Mayor Terry Oliver, Mary Godwin from Economic Development, City Attorney Glenn Vasser, McKenzie Title & Abstract, Prescott Police Chief Ann Jordan, Superintendent Chris Hopper from Prescott Sanitation and Street Department, Wayne Gourley at the county landfill, Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, and Prescott city drivers Jason Davis, Al Dalrymple, and Joe Johnson. Each house must also be cleared by the water, electric, gas, and telephone company to ensure no live services are on the site. However, all involved with the process say it is well worth the effort to take these strides in the endeavor to make Prescott clean and appealing for current and potential residents and businesses.
During the twelve years of Mayor Terry Oliver’s tenure, 109 houses have been taken down and cleared. “We are very proud of the efforts we have made so far and this couldn’t be done without the cooperation of so many people,” Oliver said. “We hope to continue this project and get more houses cleared this year.” Oliver said that 15 to 20 houses are on the list for this year.
The house they began clearing today is located at 438 Greenlawn Street.