Horn Lake to Property Owners: “Clean up”!

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(Horn Lake, MS) A house on Ingleside Drive is one of 62 properties the City of Horn Lake is taking action to clean up, to improve the town’s appearance.

A fire in December made the family that lived here homeless.

Since then, the bank or insurance company haven’t done anything to the property, which neighbors call dangersous.

”The owners on this street want something done by City Hall, the Aldermen, the County, the State, the Feds. Somebody needs to do something” said Anthony Baumgardner, who lives a couple of houses down the street.

And Tuesday night, Horn Lake did just that. After months of contacting property owners with no response, Aldermen voted to do the cleanup themselves ”If we don’t get response, then we have no other avenue but to clean it up yourself or contract somebody to clean it up and then attach the taxes” said Mayor Nat Baker.

The bill could total 15-hundred dollars for the job.

Mayor Baker says owning property comes with a responsibility ”Clean up your property. If you own property in Horn Lake, get it cleaned up to a standard”.

Because the city can’t do it all, and government action can take months ”Help us take care of these neighborhoods” Baker pleaded.

And that’s just what the good neighbors on this street are doing. But they don’t want their good efforts wasted by the weedy, unkempt house down the street ”It’s just dragging the neighborhood down, Ingleside drive, Churchwood estates” said Baumgardner.

And where there’s homes like the abandoned, burned-out house on Ingleside, there’s others.

This is just the start. In a couple of months Horn Lake leaders will go after more property owners with a simple message: “Clean up”!