Jackson Co. homeowner frustrated about overgrown property

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - By Patrice Clark – bio | email

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) – A Gulf Park Estates Homeowner is claiming Jackson County will not help her get a neglected property in her neighborhood cleaned up.  WLOX interviewed Sonya Ramsey about the problem last year. She said Supervisor John McKay told her he would make some changes, but to this day, nothing has been done.

Ramsey has lived in Jackson County for one year and takes pride in her neighborhood. The single mother said that's why it's so upsetting to live next to this overgrown property that attracts rodents.

"I don't want to touch it because something might crawl out of there," Ramsey said as she touched the tall weeds. "I don't know what is under there to be honest. I do know there are snakes out there."

Ramsey said she's called and emailed pictures of the problem to the county.  Last year, area Supervisor John McKay also came out to view the mess and said he would help.

"I am his constituent just like many. What I feel like is because I am not a party of many, then my concerns have been minimized," Ramsey said.

McKay said he has tried to help Ms. Ramsey. He points out that the county does not have an ordinance in place to make an owner cleanup an undeveloped property.

"There is no house on it, no debris on it, it is just an undeveloped lot," McKay said. "The only way we can make them do it is if it is a health or public safety issue involved."

McKay admits the property is in worse condition than it was last year. He promises again to get the county zoning crew out to inspect the property as soon as possible.

"If we can prove that rodents are getting into homes around here, and it is a health or safety hazard, at that point and time we can take legal action to property owner. But that is the only way we can do it and it takes a lot of time," said McKay.

Ramsey said she's already waited too long for things to change, so she hopes this time the cleanup actually gets done.

"You can tell me all day that long you are going to help, you are going to help. But actions, to me, are where the meat and potatoes lie, actions."

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