Abandoned Homes a Problem in Cheyenne

By: Kyle Markley Email
By: Kyle Markley Email

Cheyenne, WY (KGWN) - Dozens of homes sit vacant in Cheyenne, with broken doors, busted windows and graffiti stained siding.
"At this point I have identified at least 30 of them," said Annette Williams, Cheyenne City Councilwoman.
Broken glass in the windows and easy accessibility to transients and children are major concerns for ward one city councilwoman, Annette Williams.
"I'm finding that it's a safety issue for our community," Williams said.
One home in particular, is just yards away from the playground at Cole Elementary School.
"We have children that walk in front of, behind of and maybe going inside of these homes and we're not sure who may be inside there to harm one of our children in the community," said Williams.
The City of Cheyenne has a code in place for vacant buildings like these.
"The city has adopted chapters one and two of the international property maintenance code which is called the City of Cheyenne dangerous building code. That actually talks about closing of vacant structures," said Bruce Wilson, Chief Building Official for the City of Cheyenne.
Owners are usually given 30 to 45 days to secure the property or the city will hire somebody to do it for them and then place a lien on the property.
But there's one big problem for the city.
"We don't have a line item or a budget or any dollars to hire someone to board these properties up or secure them," Wilson said.
Williams has proposed a resolution to allocate money to take care of this issue.
An issue she believes has been put off for too long.
"We adopted these codes and they need to be enforced and we need to find the funding to do that," said Williams.
Williams is encouraging people who care about the issue to attend this Monday's Cheyenne city council meeting.
City council will vote on a resolution to provide $25,000 to help board up these abandoned homes.

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