Slab removal coming for Diamondhead

City council votes to begin process for removing slabs from homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina

Slab removal coming for Diamondhead
Slabs to be removed in Diamondhead (Source: Photo WLOX)

DIAMONDHEAD, Miss. (WLOX) - Ninety-four slabs in Diamondhead are left from homes that were destroyed nearly 14 years ago. The City Council voted in a regular meeting on March 19 to make changes as part of their planned beautification efforts.

Slabs to be removed in Diamondhead
Slabs to be removed in Diamondhead (Source: Photo WLOX)

According to a letter sent to the City Council from City Manager Michael Reso, his office requested to begin the process to take over the clearing of abandoned properties pursuant to MS Code §21-19-11.

The state law says that the city must make an effort to communicate with the owners of the properties in question. Reso submitted to following timeline:

March 19, 2019 - City council authorizes process
March 29, 2019 - 1st letter mailed
April 30, 2019 - deadline for plan of action from 1st letter
May 1, 2019 - 2nd letter mailed
May 31, 2019 - deadline from 2nd letter
June 4, 2019 - 21-19-11 public hearing
June 8, 2019 & June 15, 2019 - publish in Sea Coast Echo
July 9, 2019 - open bids
July 16, 2019 - City Council accepts bids
July 16, 2019 - award bid
August 17, 2019 - completion of the removal of 30 slabs (estimated)

State law also says that the city can pass the cost of clearing the property and associated fees, not to exceed $1,500 or half of the cost of clearing the property (whichever is higher), on to the property owner.

Ward 1 Councilwoman Nancy Depreo had troubled properties in her ward as well.

“Abandoned homes contribute to lower property values and are associated with crime," Depreo said. "Two homes in Ward 1 that were severely damaged in Hurricane Katrina, and deemed to be uninhabitable by due process, have been demolished. Removing these homes, we allow the land to be developed with a new home that will fit in with our established community.”

The 94 properties, where slabs are to be removed, are shown below.

Slab removal coming to Diamondhead
Slab removal coming to Diamondhead (Source: Photo WLOX)

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