JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - A north Jackson resident emailed WLBT about a now vacant rental house next door to his home. It's located on 1373 Winterview Drive in Ridgewood Park. Scott Caraway says the property is not being maintained and he's frustrated over how much time it's taking the city to do something about it.
You could say Ridgewood Park is a neighborhood in transition. Homeowners are giving way to renters and many houses are for sale. But folks, like Scott Caraway, who live on Winterview Drive say that's no reason for them to have to put up with property like this, next door to him, and the problems that come with it.
Caraway said, "Snakes on the patio. Snakes in the garage; baby snakes; big snakes. You know, I don't know if they're dangerous or not, but I've got dogs and there are children around here, so it's not fun to come home and step on one."
He says he's even come out of his own pocket to have the front yard of 1373 Winterview Drive cut.
"I have, I have, just to keep the neighborhood up and I've done what I can, but I'm tired of doing it and ready for those folks who own the property to step up to the plate," he said.
Finding those folks is easier said than done. I found that taxes on the property are being paid by a group listed as the 1373 Winterview Drive Land Trust and they are current. Caraway says he got no answer when he called Community Improvement with the city and he said the woman who answered the Mayor's Action Line, took down his information and told him it would be 30 days until an inspector could check out the property. That was on August 9th. On August 11th, a code enforcement officer from the community improvement division came out and posted a notice on the door saying that there needed to be property maintenance but since then nothing has improved."
Caraway said, "It makes me wonder what the city's busy doing. I really would like for someone to pay some attention to us out here and if we're going to be the bold new city, we need to be the bold new city."
Since it is a holiday, city officials were unavailable for comment, but WLBT will contact them and let you know what we find out.
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