by Spencer Crawford/The Villa Rican
It was just a few years ago that Temple was on the precipice of exploding growth with a number of new houses being built, but the effects of the poor economy have left many homes standing empty with yards that have gotten out of control.
In an effort to ensure upkeep of these properties, the Temple City Council is working toward adoption of an ordinance regulating the maintenance of vacant and foreclosed residential properties in the city. The ordinance is expected to be approved in January.
“This has been in committee for quite some time,” Mayor Rick Ford said. “We’ve received numerous complaints about unkept properties that have been foreclosed – people who aren’t cutting their grass, maintaining codes violations and so forth, so this is a by-product of that.”