Fixing Fulton's Building Code
Donald Ray Childs has lived here 35 years, watching his neighborhood change. And he's spent the last two years watching a home sit empty, a home he once helped neighbors fix.
"All I think they can do is just tear it down," he said.
But, tearing it down is easier said than done. City law requires the homeowner to be present to evaluate a home. So, when officials try to evaluate a home without the owner, even stepping foot on the property is trespassing. They want to change the law to make the process easier.
"In order to condemn a property, we will be able to do it from the street or from the sidewalk, from an alley, something like that," explained Les Hudson, planning and protective director.
Officials plan to write a new law next month, and be able to enforce it in the next two months.