City Officials ask for public's help to remedy unsafe housing

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. City Officials held a press conference to discuss a letter from attorney Jim Paloucek which caught media attention.

Home in North Platte. (SOURCE: Jace Barraclough/KNOP)

The letter asked Mayor Livingston for all documents proving the city's efforts in trying to remedy substandard housing issues in North Platte.

Jim Paloucek is a part of an informal group of citizens in North Platte concerned about improving housing quality within the community.

Mayor Livingston and City Administrator Jim Hawks said they are actively working to help those in need, but rely on tips from the community in order to know where to lend a hand.

"We are limited to a certain extent on our ability to get in there and look at these things," said Hawks.

"I would also tell you we have a good enough working relationship with the park managers, with the owners, with the tenants, that we can usually work something out. That we can get into these places and take a look at them."

Livingston said even though a home might look a certain way, it doesn't mean it's substandard.

"I've said all along we need your help," said Livingston.

"We can all drive around town and look at houses. Your opinion and mine might be a little bit different on what standards housing people should live in or what their yards should look like. That doesn't necessarily mean it's substandard housing. We may not like the way it looks but unfortunately that's how these people choose to live and I'm not one to make that judgement.

At the end of the day, Livingston said City Officials are concerned with the substandard housing problem.

"I have a great concern as much as anybody in North Platte about the substandard housing and what we're dealing with here. We're doing everything we can to make sure people here in North Platte don't have to live in those kind of conditions," said Livingston.