A focus on property cleanup in the West Corinth area continued before the Board of Mayor and Aldermen this week.

The clock began ticking for a West Corinth tenant to either obtain water and sewer service at the property he occupies or vacate the property. With 707 West Eighth Street up for a public hearing on property cleanup Tuesday evening, the Board of Aldermen voted to give the occupant 48 hours to obtain water and sewer service.

“The main issue right now is you cannot legally inhabit a property without it being connected to city sewer and water,” said Code Enforcement Officer Kim Ratliff during Tuesday’s meeting.

Neighbors have reported seeing people carrying buckets of waste away from the house, he said.

Property owner James Miller apologized to the board for the situation, saying he was surprised when he recently entered the property and is working to get the issues corrected. He gave three-day eviction notices to individuals staying there who are not on the lease.

Ratliff said progress has been made in cleaning up the yard.

Significant progress has also been made, he said, at 701 West Eighth Street. He said there were still a couple of cars that needed to be removed, and the board gave a 30-day continuance for that property.

The two are among several that have stirred concern recently in the West Corinth area. Ward 1 Alderman Chris Wilson recently met with residents there to hear their thoughts.

The board scheduled new public hearings for the May 4 meeting for 805 Confederate Street and two addresses in the College Hill area.

The board voted to adjudicate properties at 1526 Tate Street, 1207 Tate Street, 1002 Allen Street and 1521 Jackson Street. Among those are the remains of a burnout and another house described as “about to fall in.”

The board gave a 60-day continuance for 1703 Horton Street, where Ratliff said the owner is working toward demolition.

Other sections of the city are getting scrutiny, as well. Ratliff said code enforcement is taking a look at some issues in the Breckenridge, Second, Third and Fourth Street areas, as well as South Corinth.

“Various notices regarding junk cars, dilapidated properties and other issues have been sent to the owners in South Corinth,” he told the Daily Corinthian. “Some notices will be to court, other to the city board. I’ve also been able to negotiate a few demolitions with property owners that cost the city nothing in South Corinth. Several properties that have been burned out are being demolished and the leftovers cleaned.”

In other business:

n A couple of aldermen on Tuesday met with ACE for discussion of developing a plan to convert street lighting to LED.

n The board approved an electrical license for Brock Linley.

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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