MIDWEST CITY, Okla. — The City of Midwest City spends anywhere from $50,000 to $70,000 each year cleaning up so-called nuisance properties.
To help reduce that bill they have a new program to help residents clean up their properties.
It relies heavily on volunteers but will soon be able to provide them with many of the tools they will need to get the job done.
It’s not only helping the individuals but the community.
Norma Nichols is able to get around but a bad knee slows her down.
So, when she got a notice from the city about the paint, or lack there of, on her home, she was worried to say the least.
Nichols said, “I thought I was going to have to move out or lose my house or something because you have to comply.”
She called the city and, to her surprise, a group of volunteers showed up.
Not only did they paint her house and remove graffiti, they planted new flowers, painted the shed and even put up new address numbers up.
It’s part of a program called “Restore Midwest City.”
MWC Assistant City Manager Tim Rundel said, “Twenty to 30 people converged on one house and they have it done by noon.”
The program is based solely on volunteers.
To help them out, the city is working on a new trailer.
The so-called “Green Machine” is full of electric mowers, hedge trimmers and extra batteries.
The equipment was purchased with grant money.
The trailer will soon be available for volunteer groups to borrow for use around Midwest City.
Rundel said, “We’re looking for groups that want to come in and help clean up Midwest City.”
Helping residents like Norma take care of their code violations without breaking the bank.
Rundel said, “I don’t think it’s just about restoring their house but their hope and their community.”
If your church or volunteer group would like to help out, or if you are a Midwest City resident in need of assistance, you can contact Midwest City Neighborhood Services (405) 739-1005