The city is set to move on cleanup of several Proper Street addresses as code enforcement continues a focus on the street.

With half a dozen addresses in the area coming before the board for public hearings, the Board of Aldermen voted on Tuesday to proceed with adjudication at 1424 Proper Street, 1803 Proper Street and 3846-A Proper Street, which means Code Enforcement Officer Kim Ratliff can move forward with getting contractors to do whatever work is needed on the properties.

For 1424 Proper Street, Ratliff said he planned to make one more attempt to contact the owner in hopes that person will take action. He also planned to have the building inspector assess the property to determine if it is safe to continue standing. The property is not secured; the front door was standing ajar Thursday afternoon.

At 3846-A Proper Street, Ratliff said issues include junk cars and miscellaneous items on the property.

The board gave a 30-day continuance for 1500 Proper Street and a two-week continuance for 1702 Proper Street and 402 Young Street, which sits on the corner of Proper and Young.

In other ongoing cleanup actions, the board gave 30-day continuances for 1601 and 1603 Gaines Road and 15 Franklin Drive.

The board scheduled new public hearings for 5 p.m. Feb. 16 for 504 Harper Road, 1208 Pine Road and 3013 North Haven Drive.

In other business:

n The board accepted the Planning Commission and Board of Adjustment’s recommendations to subdivide the former Fred’s building at 2040 Shiloh Road from the neighboring corner shops and giving it a setback of zero on the west side, contingent upon a parking plan contract. This will allow the owners to sell the former Fred’s building individually if a buyer is found.

n Aldermen approved licenses for applicants Jerry V. Ray, plumber, and Caleb Wilson, gas fitter.

Staff Writer

Jebb Johnston is a 1991 Alcorn Central High School graduate and a 1995 Ole Miss journalism graduate. His primary beats are city and county government.

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