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Overgrown Property in Jackson Upsetting Neighbors

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Grass is overgrown at this Lakewood Drive house Grass is overgrown at this Lakewood Drive house
Grass nearly 6-feet tall, weeds covering the driveway and letters dating back to 2012 are posted on the front door of a Lakewood Drive home.

 The letters are from the city of Jackson to the owner of the property about maintenance concerns.

 "It just makes our neighborhood look horrible and we just trying to put a stop to it," says neighbor, Javus White.

 The most recent letter from the city dates back to February 2013 where it declares the house a menace to public health and safety.

 "I mean someone needs to do something about it we have kids running around you never know snakes or anything can be out in the street, we have a lot of kids on the street so it needs to be cut down," says neighbor, Quonet Mcge.

 According to City Council President De'Keither Stamps, something is being done to not only fix this property, but the other 112,000 vacant or abandoned city owned properties.

"We looked at the issue, we researched it and sent a team out to form a plan for it and we presented a comprehensive strategy to address vacant and abandoned and city owned properties in the city of Jackson," says Stamps.  

This strategy will go into place this year to determine what houses the city can fix and what houses need to be demolished.

"There are several things in how we do business as a city that needs to be changed so we don't perpetuate more of a problem than we are trying to solve," explains Stamps.

According to the Hinds County land roll, the property belongs to a man that lives in Terry and we tried reaching out to him, but no response.

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