Springfield Alderman Cory Jobe says he will push ahead with a resolution calling for use of the city’s chronic nuisance ordinance to hasten the shutdown of the Bel-Aire Motel.
The Houston administration says it’s unprecedented and impractical to use that law to evict dozens of people, many of whom have done nothing wrong. But Jobe says at least five other aldermen support his effort to utilize every available weapon under the law to close down the facility… which has been plagued by crime and substandard living conditions.
Springfield Alderman Joe McMenamin says Mayor Mike Houston and the city’s top lawyer are misreading the city’s chronic nuisance ordinance. Houston is resisting Jobe’s push to use that ordinance to speed up the closure of the rundown Bel-Aire Motel… saying the law wasn’t really intended to clear out all residents of a large-scale apartment complex.
But McMenamin says the law provides for exactly that. However, McMenanin also says more needs to be done to find other housing for Bel-Aire residents before the city takes action to shut it down.