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Supervisor retracts Rankin Co. overlay vote

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Residents in certain areas of Rankin County fighting for a decision in Friday morning's Board of Supervisors meeting when it comes to yard keep-up walked away successful. Residents in certain areas of Rankin County fighting for a decision in Friday morning's Board of Supervisors meeting when it comes to yard keep-up walked away successful.
RANKIN COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Residents in certain areas of Rankin County fighting for a decision in Friday morning's Board of Supervisors meeting when it comes to yard keep-up walked away successful. 

In what began as a unanimous vote Friday morning during the Rankin County Board of Supervisors meeting, the first steps were taken to dissolve the issue of yard and property keep-up in an area of the county that overlays the Reservoir area.

After the meeting concluded one supervisor retracted their vote. The final vote ended in a four to one ballet in favor of the overlay, contingent upon the board of supervisors receiving consent from the Pearl River Valley to agree to the terms for the land it owns.

[Read the complete Reservoir Community District proposal PDF.doc]

Just two weeks ago, it seemed such a decision would not be easily made. It was standing room only as residents argued for the ordinance that would mandate tighter regulations when it comes to yard presentation and property keep up for residents who live in unincorporated areas where the county overlays the Reservoir area.

The issue was tabled after several supporters of more severe regulations voiced their opinions, and others, who say the ordinance is not necessary, presented their side. A decision could possibly come from Friday morning's 9 a.m. meeting.

"What we've been asking for five years is an overlaying district in Rankin County and the reservoir area including Castlewoods. That enables us to enforce the ordinances and establish some new ones as far as neighborhoods and try and keep our property values up. But, right now, our board of supervisors is unwilling to step up and make a decision," said Darrel Palmer following the March 4 meeting.

Rankin County resident Darrel Palmer says supervisors have had ample time to look over the proposal, make changes and get the ball rolling. He among many other supporters say if an overlay is not enforced it could lead to more problems.

Sen. Josh Harkins expressed, "What you have is a unique circumstance where there's a large number of people in an unincorporated area that don't have any covenants so, the fear is that it will start to decline. As it declines the ad valorem tax will decrease and the county will be in a very difficult situation."

"What's going to happen [on March 15] to change anything? At this point I'm not optimistic," said Palmer.

MSNewsNow Reporter Jessica Bowman says four of the five votes were in favor of the overlay Friday. Bowman will bring a full report on residents' reaction to the decision tonight on WLBT starting at 4 p.m.

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