Progress Slow on Burk "Junkyard"

Clean up has been started at a property along 3rd St. in Burkburnett. But, that progress has been slow.

Residents first complained about the property to Newschannel 6 back in late April. We last checked on the progress on May 25. Some work had been done at that time, but not much.

At the time, City Manager Mike Slye said the property manager, Alex Seward of Alex Rentals, had agreed to a timeline with city officials on when the clean up would be finished. Slye never gave a specific timeframe.

Progress on the clean up has moved along. Neighbor A. J. Stemmene said he's seen trucks and crews at the property "five or six times last week," and another five or six this past weekend. Other neighbors said they've noticed trucks around the property, though they couldn't tell how much work was being done.

The property is still littered with old vehicles, appliances and large amounts of scrap, 15 weeks after Newschannel 6 last checked the progress. Burk city code calls for nuisances to be addressed within 10 days. But, Slye said the city takes a "Burk-friendly" approach to code enforcement. He said the city will give property owners the opportunity to fix the problem, on their own schedule, as long as they approach the city with a plan.

Calls to Alex Rentals went unreturned. Their office was locked up Tuesday afternoon.

City Manager Mike Slye said as long as Mr. Seward continues to make progress, the city will continue to work with him. He, again, didn't give a specific timeframe.