The latest session of the Corinth Board of Mayor and Aldermen included a number of actions and discussions on properties that have been deemed derelict or, in at least one case, a potential public health hazard.

A property at the corner of Eighth Street and Nelson Street is under scrutiny by both the city and the health department for what Code Enforcement Officer Kim Ratliff described as some “major sewer-related issues.” The board scheduled a public hearing for the property for 5 p.m. Nov. 3.

Ratliff said action up to condemning the property and demolition are possible, and the property owner has been given deadlines.

“We need this adjudication process to be in place in the event that they fail to meet the timeline,” he told the board.

The owner of property at 1601 and 1603 Gaines Road, at the corner of Galyean Road, received a 60-day continuance and will be on a 30-day progress review. The city has given the owner a list of nine items that must be addressed.

“We’ve had a number of issues with this property for some time,” said Ratliff. “The community will be glad once the issues are corrected.”

The board scheduled several properties for new hearings to take place at the Oct. 20 meeting, including a highly visible South Harper Road property at the corner of Liddon Lake Road. A vacant house sits on the commercial property, and it is one that the city would like to see demolished, according to Ratliff. Also set for hearings at that time are 412 Shiloh Road, 110 Melody Lane and a Highway 72 property (number not available).

The board heard from Elizabeth Kennedy regarding property at 933 North Madison Street, where she is having trouble getting a renter to clean up. Aldermen voted to adjudicate, and Ratliff met with Kennedy to share information about a landlord’s options when a tenant is causing code violations.

She informed the board the house has a historical angle as a “railroad house” – one of the seven houses constructed near the railroad for the workers and one of two still remaining.

The board also set a public hearing for Nov. 3 on a property on Madison Street between Linden and Gloster and gave a 30-day continuance for 10 Ridgeview Drive.

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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