Two women appealed to the softer side of Sardis aldermen Tuesday night when it came to the condemnation of a house on Percyville Street.
Genella Bobo and Shameka Butler told the board that they were told to do some work on the house and it would not be condemned.
"I did what work I could do," Bobo said. "I put up some paneling, put some tin on the roof and put up some siding."
Bobo said the problem now is that the electricity and water have been shut off at the house and her grandson still lives there.
"He wasn’t there for a couple of weeks because he was on lock down," she said. "But he still lives in the house."
Darby said the house was condemned in 2002 and at that point nobody was living in there.
"We told you when you got the new house through the grant that the house would be condemned, but that we would leave it standing until you got your furniture out," he said.
Bobo said she understood the house was still on the list of condemned property, but wondered what she could do next.
Darby suggested she meet with building inspector Robert Earl Wilkie to see what it will take to bring the house up to the building code standards.
"Let Mr. Wilkie look at the house and you will know what needs to be done to make the house safe again," Darby said.
Bobo said she would meet with Wilkie, but doubts she has the money to bring the house up to code.
"I’m just worried because my grandson and his wife and kids live there," she said. "If you tear down that house and kick them out, they don’t have anywhere else to go."
Darby said another option for Bobo was to deed the home over to her grandson so he could qualify for the home improvement grants.
"Your grandson came in and I told him what he needed to do to get into the grant programs," he said. "He just hasn’t done it."
Bobo said she would do whatever she could to get the home into better shape.
"I will clean it up because he hasn’t got nowhere else to go," she said.
Darby said her grandson would have to do work on the house as well if he wanted to continue living there.
"He is going to have to make some investment in the property by bringing it up to code if he wishes to continue living there," he said.