POSTED: Monday, September 16, 2013 - 10:37pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 - 11:50am
Jacksonville, Texas (KETK) — In April, "Yum Yums" burned to the ground leaving a charred scar in the middle of downtown Jacksonville.
As the battle over who's responsible for the clean-up continues, businesses in the area are trying to re-open, but they've run into a bit of a problem.
A next-door business owner can't tear down and start over because the her insurance adjustors say the building next door needs to come down.
In fact, she was told she has to clean up her business or she will be fined.
A public nuisance is what locals in Jacksonville are calling the former Yum Yums building on Main Street.
"I'm completely out of business here," says Emily Griffin, Snap Photography.
The Yum Yums Texas Style Restaurant went up in flames in April and five months later some businesses are still closed.
Emily Griffin has a photography shop right next door to the former Yum Yums and she is trying to re-open her shop, but her insurance company won't give her the green light because the former Yum Yums is hazardous.
"Nothing can even be fixed, i mean this building will have to come down," says Griffin.
Griffin tells KETK she contacted the city.
"They can open their business irregardless whether the lot is cleaned up," says Will Cole, Public Works.
Director of Public Works, Will Cole tells us the city is trying doing everything they can to take care of this public issue.
"The issue has been who is going to clean it up, and from the city's perspective is that it's private property you can't spend tax money on private property in another words to benefit private individuals," says Cole.
Cole says, it's the owner of Yum Yums' responsibility and he's being unresponsive and even issued him a notice.
"The city put a notice on my building that I will eventually be fined for not cleaning up this disaster and fined up to a thousand dollars a day when I'm unable to do that, and I agree the owner is responsible but if they're not taking responsibility then I think it is the city's job to step in," says Griffin.
The city is stepping in, Cole tells KETK, a city council meeting declared as an' Urban Nusiance' will be held on October 8th and since business owners received a notice they will be attending the hearing.
Cole adds, the city council stands strong about not spending public funds.
Griffin says, if this disaster is not fixed up then they will lose money.