City Council candidate threatens to file lawsuit against City of Littlefield

By JOE GONZALES

 

Tuesday night, the City of Littlefield held a regular city council meeting. Although, once the public hearing began in regards to the dangerous building located at 204- 210 Phelps Ave., the meeting quickly turned. Al Olmstead, who is running against current Littlefield Councilwomen Lottie Spencer for the District 1 council seat, took to the podium and lashed out at council members. Before Olmstead threatened the city with a lawsuit if they decided to demolish the property, City Manager Mitch Grant gave the council a power point presentation that showed city council members the danger the building poses.

 

Grant told Mayor Eric Turpen and members of the city council that the property fell within in the definition of a substandard structure and asked for an approval of a resolution ordering the demolition, repair or securing of the property. In a memo to council members, Grant said the property became of interest at the end of May 2017 when water service to the property was disconnected due to non-pay. Because of suspected plumbing issues, workers from the city’s utility department attempted to conduct a customer service inspection to ensure safety and sanitation of the plumbing. 

 

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