Written by Nicole Porter
Last updated on October 05, 2012 @ 9:26AM
Created on October 05, 2012 @ 6:09PM
After three public hearings, the Harrison County Commission tweaked the way they can help to make sure abandoned, dilapidated buildings are kept up to code or taken down.
The commission amended an ordinance that will allow staff to mail misdemeanor complaints to out of state residents. Before, they had to hand deliver all notifications. after years of not being up to code, they want to see these buildings come down.
"We are hoping to make available some low interest loans to property owners who want to demolish their own properties and clean them up cause that's really what we want. For those property owners that will not take responsibility and do the right thing, we're going to demolish them for them. Thirdly, we are going to try to engage the National Guard and other such types of entities to come in and demolish and maybe carry away these properties as part of their training programs," said Commissioner Mike Romano.
There's 12 homes on the pilot program. Commissioners hope the ball gets rolling on their demolitions soon.
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