Pascagoula councilman pushes property owners to clean up

By Patrice Clark - bio | email

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - "My hardest job is making people clean up their properties," said Councilman Robert Stallworth.

Overgrown weeds, neglected homes, and trash are all eyesores that Stallworth says diminish property values. And he's not the only one fed up with lackadaisical homeowners.

"We have some neighborhoods that don't look too good, and I wouldn't want to stay in them. The grass is high, and they have roaches and rats in them," said Roosevelt Crockett.

The longtime Pascagoula resident spends a lot time and money sprucing up Skip Avenue. He says he can't stand for his area to look run down.

"I have one, two, three lots I cut for free to keep it looking good around my place," Crockett said.

Councilman Stallworth wants every resident to start taking that same pride.

"That is all I am asking people to do, is work with me on getting properties cleaned. And if you keep it clean, it won't cost you as much," Stallworth said.

Councilman Stallworth says this is just a warning for his constituents to clean up their properties. But he says if they chose not to, he will be forced to turn them over to code enforcement.

"They need to strive to keep it clean because it represents them where they live," Mamie Halthon said.

Halthon welcomes Stallworth's beautification drive in her neighborhood, and says it's encouraging to know that someone cares.

"If they don't like it, they should because he is doing us a favor."

Councilman Stallworth says more than 20 dilapidated properties have been torn down in his ward within the past two years.