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Taking Back Our Neighborhoods - Queensroad Ave. follow up

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

We did a follow up to a Taking Back Our Neighborhoods report you first saw on May 2.

I told you about the problems Hardy Taylor was having with overgrown property across the street from his house in the 2800 block of Queensroad Avenue between Sunset and O'Bannon.

He said he didn't know who to call until 3 On Your Side let him know about the Mayor's Action Line. 

Asked if he called the Mayor's Action Line, Taylor replied, "I sure did and I talked to some guy by the name of Wells." 

Taylor likes to sit on his front porch but he doesn't like what he sees.

When I talked to him two weeks ago, he said the lot across the street is overgrown most of the time and when it is cleared, the debris remains on the property despite a sign clearly warning against dumping.

Taylor didn't know about the Mayor's Action Line until I told him about it. 

"The last time I talked to you, I called him that same evening," Taylor said.

Taylor said he called again the morning of May 12; but so far, no one from the city has come to his aid.

I called city spokeswoman Quita Bride to see what is going on.

She told me community improvement manager Claude Smith and his code enforcement officers started a sweep of the area just last week and the property across from Hardy Taylor's house has been written up.

She says the owner will be contacted and given 15 days notice.

If nothing happens in that time, she says the city will take action at the owner's expense.

That includes a vacant house two doors away from the lot which is home to abandoned cars and equipment.

WLBT spotted people apparently working in the yard when we visited May 12. 

"Only thing we want is just to keep it clean so the snakes and the rats won't be crawling all out," Taylor said.

We will keep you posted on Mr. Taylor's efforts to take back his neighborhood.

You can reach the Mayor's Action Line by calling 601-960-1111.

Let us know how we can help you take back your neighborhood.

And, if you've already turned your community around, we want to know how you did it. Just send an email to hballou@wlbt.com.

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