Blackwell residents warn of petition to recall council members


BLACKWELL, Okla. — New developments in the Blackwell home inspection ordinance. Residents now are preparing to petition to recall City Council members.

That’s if the council passes an ordinance that would allow the code inspector to check homes for safety violations such as exposed wiring and sewage leaks.

Mayor Mark Cordell says in most cases, homes would be vacant. However, inspectors could go into homes if a resident fails to pay a utility bill.

“There’s some legitimate concerns with the people, and the council recognizes that,” says Mayor Cordell. “We’re going to look at it and see if there’s not some common ground we could come together on.”

If code inspectors find issues in a home, people would have 90 days to fix it or risk their utilities being turned off.

“Economy wise, I don’t know if I can afford this,” said Keyra Soto. “But I’ve lived here all my life, and my kids go to school here.”

The city council plans to review the ordinands further before voting.
You can watch here a video posted on Facebook of Blackwell residents in front of their council chambers from last Monday.

The previous story we did on this topic can be seen here: