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Countless 'nuisance' properties in Jackson

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Lately, the Jackson City Council has been passing resolutions deeming hundreds of properties public health hazards. They're residential properties, run-down commercial parcels, and vacant lots.

At Tuesday nights Council meeting, roughly 100 properties were deemed nuisances. Ward 1 Councilman Quentin Whitwell says after that step, the property owners are taken to Environmental Court.

Eventually, the city may get the green light to bulldoze the properties and charge the property owner for the expense.

"They got the notice to go to court. They can fight it there, or they can agree to it, or they can not appear, then the orders are issued," Whitwell says. "My understanding, it's a 6-8 week process."

The nuisance property process is conducted through Jackson's Community Improvement Division. 

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