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Jackson councilman wants the city to cut grass on abandoned lots

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A fire at an abandoned lot prompted a Jackson City Councilman to speak out Sunday.  The blaze broke out on Morton Avenue off West Woodrow Wilson Avenue.  Neighbors pulled out hoses and battled the flames fueled by overgrown grass until firefighters arrived.

Residents said the rodents and insects that fester in the abandoned properties are also a huge concern.  Ward 3 Jackson City Councilman Kenneth Stokes believed it is the city's responsibility to cut the grass.

"Five to ten years since it has been cut.  The city will come here with a tractor and cut down the front of it and that's all," said Inez Jenkins.

"We must cut these abandoned lots even though we don't own them.  If we do not cut them then some one will continue to set these lots on fire," said Stokes.

Councilman Stokes said owners paid fees and taxes on un-kept abandoned properties, but rarely pay up.

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