“I’d like to see these houses bulldozed down,” said Minot resident Patrice Mitchell.
Long time Minot resident Patrice Mitchell tells us the frustration she has encountered with blighted homes in her neighborhood.
“They’re full of debris inside they haven’t really been cleaned out. The yards are a mess, next to somebody that does their yard beautifully that’s very sad, And it doesn’t seem that we’re getting anywhere with them,” said Minot resident Patrice Mitchell.
Officials say there are right around 40 blighted properties are still standing. All of which are bank or privately owned.
A drastic improvement from five years ago,” said public information officer Derek Hackett.
The city is slowly working on having these homes gone for good.
“It’s rather sensitive because you know these are peoples properties, we want to be sensitive to that but we do have an integrity to uphold for the city,” said PIO Derek Hackett.
Patrice explains there are many children in her neighborhood who play in and around these homes.
“They kind of refer to these as their haunted houses,” said Minot resident Patrice Mitchell.
Nathalie Gomez: Blighted homes do not pose a threat to your health, so long as they are properly sealed, but coming across one that isn’t wasn’t a difficult task”.
“The ones that concern me are not the ones that are boarded up and cleaned out, it’s the ones that have things in them and that children have access to,” said Minot resident Patrice Mitchell.
If the homes are not boarded up there’s a chance it’s full of mold and hazardous waste and that’s when the city can step in.
“they are in violation of our code of ordinance then we can actually impose fines and take more action,” said PIO Derek Hackett.
But for now, that’s all they can do and so the haunting memories of the 2011 flood will still be seen from some peoples front yards.