City officials targeting blighted property
Published: December 22,2013
COLUMBUS — The City Council has appointed a task force to study Columbus’ problem with dilapidated properties and vacant lots.
The Commercial Dispatch reported the request to set up a committee came from Councilman Kabir Karriem.
He said the city needs to closely examine blighted areas and consider the possibility of incentives for redevelopment to return them to the city’s tax rolls.
The council approved his request unanimously.
“We have a lot of areas in the city of Columbus that are just vacant and it’s like they’re dying on the vine,” Karriem said. “I hope that with the minds we have inside the city that we can come together and create some type of programs that will help rebuild our city.”
Karriem, Councilman Marty Turner and Councilman Gene Taylor will serve on the committee along with Chief Operations Officer David Armstrong, city building official Kenny Wiegel, federal programs director Travis Jones, former federal programs director George Irby and code enforcement officer Tamaris Jones.
Other members of the committee include city planner Christina Berry, community resources officer Glenda Buckhalter, Fire Chief Ken Moore and Police Chief Selvain McQueen.
To sign up for Mississippi Business Daily Updates, click here.
Mississippi Economic Council
Mississippi Chambers of Commerce
Mississippi State Legislature
Mississippi Development Authority
Mississippi Economic Development Council
North Mississippi News
Social Security Disability Lawyer
Auto Accidents Lawyer
Top Posts & Pages
- Ingalls to lease former SRHS clinic in Gautier for employee medical center
- Aluminum company rumored for Columbus: 'clock' is for website, not plant site
- Shale oil: market correction or longterm direction?
- Miss. surgeon sentenced in tax evasion case
- MARTIN WILLOUGHBY: Gary Herring building tomorrow by educating today
- WILLOUGHBY: Mayo Flynt leads AT&T Mississippi by enjoying both work and workers
- Hyatt-Place is Columbus’ newest hotel option
- MBJ exclusive: Jackson’s new airport CEO fulfills desire to taking on the top job
- Pearl ordering rental properties to retrofit with sprinklers, build storm shelters