City Councilman Jay Tate has clarified some of what was reported in the May 9 issue of The Purcell Register.
Tate sat down at The Register and made this statement.
“I never said I wanted them all gone,” Tate said.
“It was just a list for code (enforcement) to look at to see if they had been in contact with owners.
“Council person Engert mentioned (at the council meeting) that these are poor people so I suggested civic organizations and others around town trying to help,” Tate continued.
“I was just trying to open up a dialogue with city and get help for those who need it.
I’ve contacted DEQ because some of the shingles are asbestos and that can be quite expensive to remove.
“My aim was to help, not humiliate or shame.
“I had one person say she had a house and the two next to it were vacant for two years and that was bringing down her appraisals. It was bringing down property value of others.
“There were two houses that I would like to see removed. Other than that, I just wanted to get people the help they need.
“I want to find help for people who need it. “I’ve called the Oklahoma City Mayor and Norman Mayor-Elect. They are going to get back to me on any programs they have,” Tate concluded.