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COPY-Jackson dilapidated properties remain problem

Associated Press - March 22, 2010 6:44 AM ET

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Six months ago, the Jackson City Council unanimously approved a routine order giving the city's Community Improvement Division legal authority to clean up dozens of

properties.

But a Clarion-Ledger review of a sampling of the addresses cited at the Aug. 11 meeting found all but a handful in the same condition - or worse.

One house in south Jackson was cited for clutter, yard debris and building materials. Today, it is a burned-out hulk.

Jackson Community Improvement Director Claude Smith blamed budgetary issues as the reason houses on the list have not been dealt with.

The Clarion-Ledger visited 21 of the 84 of the properties on the Aug. 11 list. Only three appeared to have all the deficiencies addressed.

Information from: The Clarion-Ledger, http://www.clarionledger.com

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