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Mayor Cites Absentee Landlords As Problem In Neighborhood Blight

Mayo taking message to area neighborhoods in fighting abandoned properties
Mayo taking message to area neighborhoods in fighting abandoned properties
Mayo taking message to area neighborhoods in fighting abandoned properties
Mayo taking message to area neighborhoods in fighting abandoned properties

Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo continued to meet with residents as he walked throughout District 3 to talk with people about his blight initiative Wednesday. 

He says there are two things that have come from the first couple of tours he’s hosted.  First, there is a lot of residents that are taking good care of their property. But, he adds, "there are some, most absentee landlords, that do not". 

The walking town hall meeting was among four Mayo is holding this week and next, to hear from the public about dilapidated properties. 

Last month, he presented the City Council with an extensive overhaul of the city’s code to address blight, but the Council voted against it.  The program would have shifted responsibility away from the City Council, and primarily to the Environmental Court.  Some council members have stated they didn’t have time to review the ordinances or didn’t like the idea of foreclosing on property. 

Mayo hopes the series of meetings will show the City Council that people want to see this change. He’s urging residents to sign a petition that he will deliver to the Council.

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