By Associated Press - Sunday, July 5, 2015

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Jackson City Council members say they may be able to get rid of blighted housing more efficiently if the city does the work itself, rather than hiring contractors.

The Clarion-Ledger ( ) reports that Council President De’Keither Stamps said contractors rent equipment, and the city could do that, too.

Councilman Tyrone Hendrix says he’s tired of people calling him about dilapidated housing, and thinks the council should look at the cost of buying equipment.

Jackson officials have said about 50 run-down houses are demolished a year. Hendrix says Meridian and some other cities demolish more than 1,200 homes a year.

Public Works Director Kishia Powell said the city would need three pieces of equipment to demolish houses. She says her department will report back to the council.


Information from: The Clarion-Ledger,

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