Council to Discuss Abandoned Houses, Upgrading Radios
DECATUR-The vacant house next door to Gerald McIntyre's will soon meet it's end. Weeds choke what used to be a yard. A tree impales the crumbling roof. The city will use federal dollars to take down the house on Maffit Street. "At least they're beautifying the city and making the property value around it more, " McIntyre says. The city is spending 750 thousand in federal grants to demolish dozens of abandoned properties. City Manager Ryan McCrady says they'd like to add 100 thousand dollars to the effort, "to tear down some houses that are maybe more difficult with federal funds." In the long term the city plans to look at redeveloping those vacant lots. At tonight's meeting the council is also talking about upgrading the city's radio system. The plan was put on hold after a lightning strike knocked out service to the Motorola radio system. But the company says it has fixed the problem and council members could vote tonight to buy the new radios.