Pascagoula homeowner frustrated over neglected property

Bara Marteinsson points out the problems she sees on a vacant lot next door to her property in Pascagoula.
Bara Marteinsson points out the problems she sees on a vacant lot next door to her property in Pascagoula.

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - Bara Marteinsson said the property next door to her home is neglected and it makes her life a nightmare.

"I see a perfect home for snakes, and rats, and who knows what else, and of course mosquitoes," Bara Marteinsson said.

The Pascagoula homeowner said she called the city code enforcement office to get it cleaned up.

"They are not maintaining the property at all. I tried to get them maintain for months and I finally gave up."

Recently, she noticed a large oak tree from next door had fallen on her fence.

"This board right here is cracked, there are boards that have fallen out, and this is totally broken. It is all going to have to be repaired and you can see the tree right there."

Marteinsson called WLOX News, and Pascagoula was then contacted about the property. City Attorney Eddie Williams and Operations Manager Steve Mitchell came to take a look. Williams said there is a city easement between Marteinsson's property and the vacant lot. He said since the tree that fell is on that easement, the city is taking action to help.

"In this case, we do have this tree down on these people's property. So we can exercise our discretion and come in and remove it. I recommend that we do so," Williams said.

Williams also promised Marteinsson to work to locate the property owners who should get the land cleaned up. She's happy about that, but she still has to pay for a new fence.

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