City issues citations to Hot Springs apartment complex, fixes begin immediately

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – The City of Hot Springs is cracking down on an apartment complex owner for maintenance issues that haven’t been fixed in months.

People living at 119 Oak Street shared their concerns with Working4You two weeks ago, citing problems with safety, leaks and unanswered maintenance requests.

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The City of Hot Springs has since issued 37 different citations to the owner of the property for failing to comply.

The citations involve eight different units and a few common rooms. The city said the areas have threats to “life safety.”

“The biggest thing is the roof leaks in several places, and the leaks are running down in some of the apartments near some electrical receptacles and light switches,” Hot Springs chief building official Mike Scott said.

The city issued those citations on Monday, Feb. 5. Scott said by Friday, work was underway at the complex.

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He said he spoke with maintenance on site who told him fixes were being made to the fire sprinkler system and a roof company was scheduled to come look at the problem.

“That’s usually how it works,” Scott said. “Citations get them in gear because then they have to appear in front of a judge.”

Apartment complex owner Zach Saxion will have to appear in district court on March 5 to address the citations.

Working4You reached out to Saxion who said crews have been there every day since the original story first aired. He said they are working to get the problems fixed “as fast as humanly possible.”

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Saxion said everything should be fixed by March 15.

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