For several years, Meridian and Lauderdale County have been working through an inter-local agreement to tear down abandoned houses inside the city limits. They began to tear down more Monday.
As soon as one truck is full of debris, another one pulls up behind it ready to haul off another load.
"Taking some of these homes that are not livable and removing them from the neighborhoods and trying to improve the environment and overall living quality," said county engineer Neal Carson of the efforts.
And this year the work will hopefully make a difference in the overall appearance of the city. The number of houses to be demolished has doubled from last year, up from about 40 structures to eighty.
Carson said the crews will be doing the work well into February. There are actually two crews doing the work; each one can tear down about 2 structures a day, so by the end of the week twenty eyesores will be removed from Meridian.
"We have a crew on this side and a crew on the east side of town just to expedite the process," Carson said.
The way the inter-local agreement works is the county crews do the work, but the city pays for the disposal costs.
Ultimately, the goal is for both entities to get their money back from the property owners. Carson says he wants to finish up as soon as possible so county crews can get back to their normal obligations.
"We need to get through so we can go back to doing what we do best which is paving and maintaining roads," said Carson.
And there isn't much that could hold the work up. Carson says they can work through just about any weather conditions. Regardless of rain, ice or snow these houses are coming down.