The judge who oversees Natchez's environmental court says people aren't coming to court in part because the court is working.
Municipal Judge Pro Tem Tony Heidelberg, who oversees the environmental court cases, told the Natchez Board of Aldermen Monday that the court has had only five sessions, and that while some property owners have been fined, the court seems to be pre-emptively effective.
The Natchez Democrat reports the city created the environmental court earlier this year in an effort to tamp down the long-standing problem of neglected properties, litter, abandoned vehicles and other code violations in the city. The city's code enforcement officers can give residents citations, and if the problem is not corrected in two weeks it goes environmental court.
The next court session is scheduled for June 17.
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