Although another public hearing was set, Howerton said he believes the new Minimum Housing Code would be the best thing for Mineral Wells in the long run.
“I think we’ve come up with a fairly good program. I think it’s a starting point,” he said. “If there are areas we have to tweak, I certainly will. But I think this will put us on the path to see our housing stock improve.
This is something that over an extended period of time, 10-20 years, we’ll see an improvement in the condition of our existing housing.
That’s what other cities have experienced.”
In other real-estate-related business:
•The council denied the request of Sheree Douglas of Arizona to waive property liens on 304 NE 14th Ave. She inherited the property from her estranged father, who owed taxes and property leans from cleanup and demolition that the city paid for. The council did, however, advise her that the cost of the liens could be included in whatever price she sells the property for.
•The council unanimously approved a request for a 10-foot variance from the City of Mineral Wells Code of Ordinances regarding residential driveways in order to expand a driveway and its approach to 34 feet in width at 3201 North Oak Ave.
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