By Jennifer Lenain, Item Staff Writer
The Picayune Item
The city of Picayune’s Public Works Department tackled two overgrown properties on Monday as the city continued its efforts to cleanup blighted property around Picayune, Public Works Director Eric Morris said.
One of the two properties the department set out to cleanup is owned by the city and the other belongs to an individual. Morris said the goal was to make the two blighted properties safer and less of an eyesore.
The first, 316 Third St., had drawn complaints from neighborhood residents who said the yard of the abandoned property had was badly overgrown.
“The owner was given notice,” Morris said. “After no action was taken, the city then takes care of business.”
The city hired a subcontractor to cleanup the property to ensure that city resources were being better used elsewhere, he said.
A cleanup crew had the site mowed and the weeds cut down by noon.
Public works also started the initial cleanup phase on the wooded area located near the intersection of Old East Sycamore Road and Mississippi Highway 43 North.
The area is an extension of the Daniel Street Park, Morris said.
“Nearby residents of the area have made complaints of illicit activity taking place around the walk-bridge located on the property,” he said. “It has become a drug and alcohol haven.”
“The city saw this as an opportunity to clear this (property) and make it pretty to residents of the area,” Morris said.
Clearing the site will make the park more visible from the street.
“The city has been awarded a grant with this site,” he said. “The entire patch, both sides of the walk-bridge will be cleared.”
The grounds of the park will be landscaped and picnic tables will be placed.
The city will better maintain the park in the future.
The idea is for the park to actually look like what it is, Morris said.
Work on the initial stage of the project is expected to take two days.