JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - An overgrown lot in West Jackson had been a problem for at least four years, but now it has been taken care of after a call to 3 on Your Side.
The lot was a virtual jungle, just past 1335 Morson Road near Metrocenter Mall.
Malcolm and Marnita Hill live in the house next door and had been trying to get something done about it with no success. Finally, Marnita Hill's mother, Mary Kyle, called 3 on Your Side last week and asked WLBT to come and look at the problem. WLBT responded and did a story on the problem.
The day of the story, Claude Smith, who is charge of community improvement in Jackson, called the owner of the property, who lives in Ohio. The owner promised to have it cleaned up immediately, and he did, making Marnita Hill very happy.
"He said he would do it by the 30th, and he came through on it. They guy apologized and said he was going to take care of it. He did. I'm so happy," said Marnita Hill.
WLBT asked if she ever thought the lot would get cleaned up. "I told my mom, it's not going to happen, she said yes it is. It took four years," she said.
Since Smith, a retired deputy police chief, took over as head of community improvement, after being appointed by Mayor Harvey Johnson, the city has acted on complaints. Smith responds the day he gets word of problems, and a good result normally occurs.
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