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Action Report: Gulfport resident wants pipes removed from vacant lot

Harrison County officials are reaching out to the state to see what can be done to remove the pipes. (Photo source: WLOX) Harrison County officials are reaching out to the state to see what can be done to remove the pipes. (Photo source: WLOX)
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

Fifteen years ago, pipes were placed on a vacant lot in Gulfport. Those pipes remain and a resident living next to the property wants them removed.

Glen Kirt said he's been complaining to city officials about the pipes left next to his wife's property for years. He says rodents and snakes have found a home in those pipes, and he wants them removed.

Kirt has been living in Gulfport for three years. All those years, he's had black pipes laying on a vacant lot next to his home. Kirt said over the years, he's contacted the City of Gulfport several times asking for the city to remove the pipes.

"Every time I call the city, they say I'm living in the county," said Kirt. "Nothing ever happens. The pipes just sit there year after year. Snakes are getting worse and worse. It's a snake habitat."

I traveled to Gulfport City Hall and discovered the property in question is actually in Harrison County, not the City of Gulfport.

"I would like them moved, because the snakes are getting bigger and bigger, year after year," said Kirt.

I called Harrison County Supervisor Kent Jones and told him about the pipes. Within two hours, Jones and two of his employees inspected the pipes.

One of the Harrison County workers said those black pipes have been on this property for at least 15 years. He also said the pipes don't belong to Harrison County. He believes the property owner put the pipes there.

So, what can be done to remove the pipes?

"We'll do a little investigating. We'll look at some land records, check some deeds, the owner of the property, because it's actually sitting on private property. Then, we'll take it from there. I think at the end of the day, we'll get them moved," said Jones.

Jones said the pipes are a health hazard with snakes, rats, mice, and mosquitoes, and they must be removed. He hopes the job can be completed within the next two or three days.

Monday, Jones said a preliminary investigation indicates the land is owned by the State of Mississippi. Jones said Harrison County officials are reaching out to the state to see what can be done to remove the pipes.

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