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Spruce it up or they will tear it down

Reported by: Susan Parker
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Updated: 7/30/2013 11:07 am
BOONEVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) — Ronny Johnson arranges flower boxes carefully in front of a downtown Booneville house.  Its days are definitely numbered.

"They're getting on board.  They starting to clean their properties up," Johnson said.

He refers to those who own properties in need of a major overhaul.

They are given a choice-do something about or the city will do it for you.

After years of watching properties near her home decline, Amanda Downs is relieved something is finally being done.

"As visitors come and people come to look for housing, we feel like that's a negative for this area, so we were very concerned."

In 2012, 26 homes were demolished-the majority at the owner's expense.

This year, eleven homes have been torn down.  The goal is to remove a total of 30 by the end of next year.

When Johnson compiled a list of properties in need of attention, he included the city.  The utility department shed was was practically falling down.

"We've got to be the example.  We've got to make our property as good as we can before we can ask other people to do that," Johnson added.
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