Mayor Carl A. Redus Jr. said Wednesday that city Street Department work performed on private property on Pullen Avenue was done after a house was demolished at the site.

Mayor Carl A. Redus Jr. said Wednesday that city Street Department work performed on private property on Pullen Avenue was done after a house was demolished at the site.

The Commercial received several inquiries from the public last week about Street Department employees and equipment seen working at 1009 W. Pullen Ave.

According to the Jefferson County Assessor’s office, the property is owned by a private citizen, Julius C. Lever. The 2011 assessment of the property includes record of a 1,080 square-foot single-story house that was built in 1939.

“It was a piece of property that we had contracted out (through the city Inspection and Zoning Department) to be demolished,” Redus said. “It was demolished, and the individual could not complete the job due to some unforeseen circumstances. We had the Street Department go in there and clean up the site.”

Redus said the work was limited to about three loads of dirt used to level off the lot, which he said he believed was completed in a few hours. Redus said he was not sure how the city’s expense for the job will be calculated or from which department the associated funds will be drawn. He said he did not believe much cost had been incurred in the process of doing the work.

Redus said more detail could be provided by the Street Department. Street Department Director J.T. Golden had previously referred all questions about the work to Redus.

“I have no idea if it’s typical, atypical or not, but it was important that we completed that job as opposed to leaving it incomplete, since we had contracted with the person to get the job done,” Redus said.

Asked to look up the house’s file with the inspection and zoning, Department Director Robert Tucker said that the department’s records indicate the house was condemned by the Pine Bluff City Council on March 29, 2011, and that demolition was scheduled for completion sometime in the last two weeks. An employee who Tucker said could have provided a more exact date was not in the office Wednesday.