Residents Take Property Complaint to Supervisors

The Lauderdale County Board of Supervisors voted to deem a property in the county 'a public nuisance' and look into cleaning it up.

The county will go in and cut the grass, clean up the property, and use a weed killer to try and keep the weeds from growing back so quickly. But this only a quick fix.

Residents of Locust Street in Lauderdale County told the board they're tired of 5461 Locust Street being overgrown with brush.

They asked their supervisor, Josh Todd, to see if the county could find a remedy.

While the board is stepping in, officials say a permanent solution must be found.

"Yes, it's only a one time fix," said Todd. "We can go in there and get it cleaned out, but we can't just keep coming back, like a regular yard man would do once a month, once or twice a month. We can't do that. So, we can go in there, do the initial clean up, and then after that we'll have to sort of leave it in the hands of the community."

The reason the county will now step in is because the owner isn't taking care of the property and can't be found.

"We can't find them. They may have been easy to reach, but we tried to contact them by letter and phone and we've just been unsuccessful at doing that," Todd said.

With the overgrowth of the brush on this property, it's easy to see why area residents are concerned, especially with young children in the area. Now that the board has approved looking into clearing out the property, what's next is for it to be assessed to see how much it will cost.

"I will go out there and assess it, look at it, and see what the cost will be, and we will go from there," said Harris Wilder, county road manager. "I will come back to the board and give them an initial cost, what it will take to clean this place up and get it safe for the kids in the community."

No clean up will take place on the property until the board approves the cost.


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  • by just sayin.... Location: Meridian on Jun 5, 2012 at 11:21 AM
    Clean it up and put a Dollar General Store there.
  • by ole boy Location: lauderdale co on Jun 5, 2012 at 03:53 AM
    Why dosent the comunity pitch in and help clean it as needed
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      by Mike on Jun 5, 2012 at 06:44 PM in reply to ole boy
      I agree. Seems to me that the community should clean it up. Why put the burden on us taxpayers.
  • by Mom of a Vet Location: Little Rock, MS on Jun 4, 2012 at 08:58 PM
    My son will clean this up for you. He is a hard worker trying to get his life back after giving his all for this country. He has the equipment and needs the work. We owe it to our vets to let them regain their lives back, especially when they are willing to work for it.
  • by newton county on Jun 4, 2012 at 08:15 PM
    Might be a wise move to for the SO to check inside the house. Could be like the house in Chunky.
  • by Concerned Citizen Location: Lauderdale on Jun 4, 2012 at 05:30 PM
    I got some property that needs to be cleaned off too. Seems to me that they need to take control of the property and sell it. If the Supervisors are going to do it for one property, then they had better get ready to it for all of us.
  • by Mike Location: Meridian on Jun 4, 2012 at 02:50 PM
    The cost should be charged to the land owner and then if the cost is not paid the county should take it because of the unpaid cost.
  • by sonof Location: meridian on Jun 4, 2012 at 02:23 PM
    what if someone squatted on the property? could they legally own it if they lived there for a number of years? That might make the owner come forward if they stood to lose the property. I don't even know what I'm talking about but it seems that at one time or another this could be possible.
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