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Greenville City Officials Discuss the Impact of Dilapidated Homes

GREENVILLE, Miss.–If you own a dilapidated property in Greenville, one councilman wants you to get it cleaned up, torn down, or pay for it.
“All of these could range anywhere from half a million to a million or more to tear down,” said Ward 1 Councilman Al Brock, during Tuesday’s City Council meeting.
He and Mayor Errick Simmons expressed displeasure that people coming through Greenville are often not seeing the best of the city because of unkempt properties, both business and residential. While the mayor said the city has talked with some home owners, Brock said the city should not have to bear the financial brunt of what it might cost to get rid of eyesores, especially those immediately visible to people coming through town who are on Viking river cruises.
They are being shown Greenville’s culture, and at the same time seeing blight, said Simmons.
Brock said it’s time the city take aggressive action.
“Fine. Create fines and encourage these property owners to do something with these properties,” he said.
No official action was taken after the discussion.