KENNETT, MO (KFVS) - Kennett Mayor Jake Crafton has declared an emergency abatement on some dilapidated homes due to safety and health concerns.
Crafton says the homes targeted could fall in at any time. He's trying to be proactive not reactive.
"If any curious child decided to go into one of these properties, it could end with a bad result which is why we need to be proactive about this," said Crafton.
Crafton says the homes are overgrown with vegetation, animals and the structures are falling apart.
The Kennett City Council approved $50,000 from their reserve account to clean up the properties last Tuesday.
Crafton says it will not include a tax increase for the people of Kennett.
The money will go towards renting dumpsters and an excavator to demolish the old homes.
The city will save money and use their own staff and use city trucks and equipment for the demolitions.
City workers will also take out and get rid of vegetation and take it to the compost facility to be burned.
Neighbors say they are an eye sore to the community and are unsafe.
"This is a disgrace to Kennett," Tylen Nerve of Kennett said. "It's disgusting. They are rotted out and the community is full of kids. What if these kids run around this house and something falls? So they just need to get them (homes) out of here. It's too high risk for our kids."
Crafton says this is the start of getting Kennett back on track to thriving as a city.
The city wants to attract more people to build in Kennett.
On September 24, the Public Safety Committee will have a hearing and look at the homes approve or decline the demolition based on safety and health factors.
There may be homes added or dropped off the list. Once approved, city utilities will be taken out of the land and homes before demolition starts.