By Jennifer Lenain, Item Staff Writer
The Picayune Item
Picayune demolished a repetitive flood loss property on Boley Drive Wednesday morning in hopes to have the unsightly property cleaned up.
“The city has persevered to make sure that we could go through the right channels to finally get this house demolished,” Mayor Ed Pinero said.
The home, located at 207 Boley Dr., has been an eyesore for the public for years, Pinero said, “and we are excited that this house will be coming down.
Director of Public Works Eric Morris said this property has been an issue for the two-and-a-half years he has worked for Picayune and the public works department has cleaned the property multiple times.
Cleaning up the property, Morris said, “Is an essential part of maintaining our community.”
Morris said all debris except for the slab and flood wall will be removed on Wednesday. The slab could possibly be removed Thursday, as the crew is ahead of schedule, said Morris.
The flood wall will be removed at a later date.
City Manager Jim Luke said this has been a long time coming and that it has been a “long process” to get the property cleaned up.
“Once it is finally cleaned up, it will enhance the quality of life in that neighborhood,” Luke said.
Luke thanks Code Enforcement for its persistent work on this issue, he said.
“This is a very positive step for the community,” Councilman Wayne Gouguet said.
Picayune will place a lien on the property for expenses incurred through the demolition process.
Maintenance of the property following demolition will be the responsibility of the owner, Pinero said.
Picayune has filed liens on 73 properties that have been cleaned since January 2011.
A total of 321 properties have been addressed by Code Enforcement for the city.
“We are continually trying to stay on top of blighted property,” Morris said. “We will continue to take care of business as we always have.”