During the August 21 Altus City Council meeting, the Council members considered a public nuisance case at 1414 E. Cypress. Tucked behind an old church on North Park Lane, the former trailer park is bordered by Altus High School and a drainage ditch. The property was in violation of the Altus City Code for weeds in excess of 12 inches, debris, excessive trash, six inoperative vehicles and a mobile home unfit for human occupancy. The Council voted to give the owner some time to rectify the situation. Council approved 30 days time for weeds and debris removal, 60 days for removal of vehicles and 90 days for a plan of action to be completed regarding the property.
The owner asked for help to clean up the property. With the help of the Altus Opinions and Discussion Facebook Group, the area has been vastly improved. Saturday, Sept. 8, many helpers descended on the property with a 16-foot trailer, weed eaters, gas blowers, weed choppers, and at least one mower.
It took just three hours of collective work for the group to give the place a new look. At least three vehicles were removed, weeds cut and was trash removed. (See before and after photos.) Raymond Moody, from Coppermines Off Road Park, brought three roll off cans. Bruce Morey brought the trailer and a lot of lawn equipment. Many others brought garbage bags, bottled water and other necessary items. The team included: Moody, Morey, Chad Osborne, Justin Miller, Valerie Altom Snow, Kirbi Webb, Brad Tripp and Lori Ray Tripp.
For a wonderful detailed explanation of the 1414 E. Cypress project comparing it to other possible cleanup sites in Altus, see this web site “http://altusokdiscussions.org/blogs/45-cleanup-at-1414-e-cypress”.