Council debates gated communities - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

Council debates gated communities

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Jackson city leaders are discussing ways to deter crime in the city, including gating communities.

Currently, there are two gated community ordinances in the city council planning committees.

Under the current ordinance, all gated communities are responsible for the upkeep of their own streets. Under a ordinance proposed by Ward 1 Councilman Quentin Whitwell, the city would still pay for the street maintenance.

Whitwell says, "There are certain instances in which gates when acting like a traffic measure and in certain neighborhoods they could be helpful and useful, and we want to have a policy in place."

Residents in favor of the gates say they believe they can help calm traffic, and keep thieves away from their homes.

Avery Circle resident Tommy Taylor says, "We just feel the gate would help deter crime although there has not been that much I know of, lot of neighborhoods in Jackson have gates, we feel we should have one."

A special version of the ordinance is under discussion for residents of Avery circle who are hoping to be gated in the future. That would allow the construction of public access gates to neighborhoods that are adjacent to adjoining cities and contain cemeteries that are open to the public.

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