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Madison Co. Property Concerns in Sawmill Area

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"Just overall! Something needs to be done."

Clara Williams wants answers.

She lives in the Sawmill quarters of Canton in Madison County.

She says there are a number of abandoned homes and lots that aren't being kept up.

"I want to know when something will be done about it. I have called on numerous occasions, I have had promises, promises, promises. Nothing still has been done."

Promises she says have come from the Madison County Board of Supervisors.

The Sawmill community is in district five, Paul Griffin is the supervisor for the area.

"It was brought to our attention several months ago that we're having this problem so we went and started making a way to clean it up. But there is a process." says Griffin

He says the board has already started taking action.

"We voted about two board meetings ago to basically privatize this out because the road department that would do the demolition is backed up."

Williams says something needs to be done fast because there are a number of safety concerns.

"Number one, there's so many children out here, I'm afraid that some little girl will be taken into these abandoned houses and raped. Any child can go into these abandoned houses and get hurt. The snakes out here, the mosquitoes are terrible."

Supervisor Griffin says they're following a process.

"Got to get a private contractor to do this for us. Once we get a big list, we're going to put it out to bid and let them go in there and fix it up."

Griffin says the property owners will be billed for cleanup costs.

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