City of Kermit Plans to Tear Down 21 Uninhabitable Homes 08/30/2013
CBS 7 News
August 30, 2013
KERMIT-The city of Kermit has been undergoing major changes in order to beautify the town.
Now the city plans to take action by tearing down 21-homes considered to be uninhabitable.
Mayor Ken Mays said he's concerned because many of these homes are located near the town's high school.
"I've been here since 1959 and kids have been my love as a teacher, a coach, administrator and now as mayor and I just think it's time to keep the town safe," said Mayor Mays.
Many of these uninhabitable homes do not have front doors, working electricity, and have roofs that are caving in.
One man actually lives in one of these homes, and Mayor Mays fears the roof could give in at any time, especially with the strong West Texas winds.
"The only way were going to beautify or clean up Kermit is to take care of these unlivable houses," said Mayor Mays.
Mays said the next step is to take these owners to court.
Both Mayor Ken Mays and City Manager Pete Kampfer said they hope to begin their demolition plans sometime in September.
Mays said once they own the rights to these properties, they hope to either start building new homes, or have businesses move in and start building.