- Associated Press - Monday, March 7, 2016

HOUMA, La. (AP) - The Terrebonne Parish Council will vote Wednesday on amending the parish nuisance abatement ordinance to combat blight.

While there was much discussion surrounding the introduction of the ordinance in February, The Courier reports (http://bit.ly/1TZh5aX) it passed with an 8-1 vote. A public hearing will be held before the final vote.

The measure aims to provide a greater effort to condemn problem properties to fight crime in the parish.

The parish is going to take advantage of the state constitutional amendment that reduces the redemption period on property that has been declared vacant, blighted or abandoned from three years after the date the parish takes over the property to 18 months.

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Information from: The Courier, http://www.houmatoday.com

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