Committee takes a field trip
by Courtney Stevens
Sep 05, 2013 | 1357 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The old D & L Specialty building
The old D & L Specialty building
The old D & L Specialty building and several rundown homes near Delta State University were hot topics during Wednesday's Mosquito/Litter Committee meeting.

The owner of the building was notified and agreed to have the property cleaned up within two weeks, however it seems no progress has been made.

"It's really sad, the way it looks back there," said Bern Prewitt.

"I think we're on the right path," continued Prewitt as he explained the next step would be to contact the Bolivar County Board of Supervisors.

The area is littered with debris, trash, old scraps of metal, a large cotton trailer full of discarded items, and a great deal of overgrown grass and weeds.

"It's in the interest of the city, as well as the county, that something get done," said Dr. Mack Hubbell, head of the committee.

The second issue of concern with brought up by committee member Pete Peden.

"I'm growing more concerned about the appearance, upkeep, and care of the properties on First, Second, Third and Fourth, primarily north of College Street. It seems to be deteriorating — the upkeep, appearance and trash," said Peden.

This area raises even more of a concern due to the fact that it is directly across from where the Grammy Museum is being built.

"When the neighborhood starts running down … it lends itself to other unscrupulous activities to go on," said Peden.

It was advised by Hubbell to have a diagram of suggested procedures created to present before the Cleveland Board of Aldermen.

"I think this should be (brought to their attention)," said Peden.

The committee adjourned and went to the old D&L building so all members could get a better understanding of the condition of the area.