Photo of Cheyenne Mayor Marian Orr announcing members of her Fight the Blight task force.

CHEYENNE –  Cheyenne Mayor Marian Orr, on Wednesday, announced the members of her “Fight the Blight” task force.

This task force — made up of members from the real estate, development, and legal professions — is charged with putting together recommendations for remediating the problem of abandoned commercial and residential buildings which lead to safety hazards in the community.  

The creation of this group was something she mentioned on her campaign frequently and fulfilled a campaign promise to name the members of the task force on the first day she held office.

During the campaign, numerous citizens reached out to then-candidate Orr to express their concern with abandoned homes in their neighborhoods. These homes, according to residents, were frequently broken into and attracted the criminal element thereby making the area unsafe.

Other homes brought to Orr’s attention appeared to be falling apart creating worries of structural problems which would make these homes dangerous for citizens — specifically children.

“Throughout my campaign I said I would announce the members of my ‘Fight the Blight’ task force on Day One,” Orr said.  “I am very excited to announce this solid group of people. These citizens not only possess great knowledge in their individual professions but they care deeply about our community and want to fix this problem.”

“I’m looking forward to meeting with them as a group to put together goals and courses of action,” she said.

Members of the task force include:

Chairperson Julie Gliem, President Cheyenne Landlords Association

Dominic Valdez, Realtor, Remax

Corey Loghry, Owner, Lynn Buys Houses

Steve Borin, Developer, Borin Land Company

Jeff White, City Councilmember, Downtown Development Authority Building Revitalization Coalition

Larry Wolfe, Attorney

Emmett Leisher, Code Enforcement Office, City of Cheyenne

Mayor Orr will be available to discuss the “Fight the Blight” task force on Thursday. Reporters should contact Scott Smith at 307-638-4338 to schedule an interview.

The following are two videos she used during the campaign discussing the issue.

Marian Orr's "Fight the Blight" initiative will target meth-ho…

We need to take back our neighborhoods. There are too many abandoned homes and meth-houses in Cheyenne. My "Fight the Blight" initiative will target these.

Posted by Marian Orr for Mayor of Cheyenne on Friday, July 15, 2016

We revisited the abandoned house and it's much worse

As you may recall, a few months ago a couple reached out to me about an abandoned house in their neighborhood that violated many ordinances and was a true public safety hazard for our children. We revisited the house today. It's worse. Much worse. And we should all care. And we should all be upset.I know I do. And as I've mentioned before, I will announce my "Fight the Blight" task force on Day One if elected mayor. It's time we get serious about the delinquent owners and slumlords who endanger our children, make our neighborhoods unsafe, and drive property values straight into the ground.

Posted by Marian Orr for Mayor of Cheyenne on Tuesday, October 11, 2016