September 7, 2016 Edition

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Suit filed against WR

The city of Walnut Ridge and members of the Walnut Ridge City Council received notice of a lawsuit filed against them regarding condemnation efforts for property located on Highway 67 North.

Wanda Thornton and Louise Sifford, property owners, have issued the lawsuit, which details issues they found with the ordinance used in the condemnation process.

A major complaint with the condemnation was how it was served, stating that not all property owners were properly notified by the city. However, several other complaints regarding the way the ordinance is prepared were also listed.

Mayor Charles Snapp said the ordinance matches the format that the city has used for his and at least two previous administrations.

The condemnation was voted on at the June city council meeting. It passed on a 6-1 vote with Alderman Jeff Taylor casting the nay vote, stating at the meeting that the building was in disrepair because the city intervened and prevented JR Rogers, brother of the owners, from making repairs with a stop-work order. The city issued the stop-work order due to Rogers not having the proper permits.

City Attorney Nancy Hall or the municipal league attorney will respond to the complaints on behalf of the city. Hall said she is certain the lawsuit will be discussed at the September council meeting.

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