Meeting scheduled for 9 to 11 a.m. Monday at Havelock City Hall

Published: Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 03:31 PM.

Like many American cities going through tough economic conditions, Havelock has its share of abandoned homes.

As of August, there were 101 vacant homes in various states of distress, from falling shutters to caving roofs.

In an effort to combat the proliferation of distressed homes, Havelock is seeking to create new building standards and will host a meeting on the subject from 9 to 11 a.m. on Monday at Havelock City Hall.

"We need a little bit of a stronger approach to houses that are dilapidated, like if the siding is hanging off the house or the roof is in disrepair," said Scott Chase, city planning director. "We need something that we can actually go to the property owner and tag them for it. We need something that has a little more teeth than we currently have.

"A lot of towns have minimum housing ordinances. This is our first good approach at a minimum construction standards ordinance for a nuisance type of situation."

Chase said parts of Havelock may be in the throws of an epidemic of vacant homes. He said one abandoned home with broken windows can lead to opportunities for crime, which could lead others in a neighborhood to abandon a home.

Monday’s meeting is open to the public.

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