No more excuses; After 20 years, home may be demolished
FERRIS- Jacuita Kimbrell, 71, faces losing her home on 409 South Wood Street soon.
According to reports, she has owned the home since 1981 and had plans to stay until the day she died.
Recent television and radio reports indicated Kimbrell needed to be moved out no later than Tuesday, Aug. 24 but city officials say otherwise.
"I don’t know where the Tuesday date came from, but it’s not correct," said City Manager Eric Strong.
The correct move out date is Tuesday, Sept. 7.
Documentation obtained from the city indicates they have been contacting Kimbrell since the mid 90s to bring her home up to code and structural standards.
"The city has been trying to work with her for almost more than 20 years, after many excuses, it’s not enough," said Strong.
Citizens are concerned for Kimbrell’s safety.
The house is crumbling in and from the outside appears to have a tarp covered on part of the make shift roof.
Kimbrell has said she works six days a week to make money to cover expenses and will not have enough to meet the demands.
Even with her grandson helping paint when he can.
According to an incompliance notice sent in 2008, mentioned members of the ceiling, roof and roof supports or other horizontal members which sag, split or buckle due to defective material or deterioration as well as faulty weather protection and a hazardous and unsanitary premises were just a few of the reasons the home was not up to city code.
Despite recent reports, Strong stated the city has no desire to take, own or maintain Kimbrell’s property.
If the home, which Kimbrell has said is fully paid for, is not in good standing within her deadline given to her by the city, it will be destroyed.
However, the city can place a lien on the property if they have to pay for the demolition.