Pick of the day: Money for demolition

The Clean Up Henderson Committee meets at 8 a.m. on the final day of August, which happens to be when Code Compliance Director Corey Williams had predicted his $25,000 for contracted services for fiscsl 2005-06 would run out. Sure enough, Williams told the cleanup committee two weeks ago, an aggressive effort to take down abandoned houses has emptied that account. Back at budget time, the City Council promised to revisit the issue of money for the Code Compliance Department in September. (Remember, when the council created the department last year, code compliance was supposed to get $20 per year per household as part of an addition to the sanitation fee; that charge should produce a pool of more than $100,000 a year.) Now could be the time for the cleanup committee to hold the council to that promise.