In Your Corner: Some progress made on overgrown lots in Fairfield

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FAIRFIELD, Ala. (WIAT) – On Monday, CBS42 reported on overgrown lots in Fairfield and the frustrations neighbors had with the situation.

On Tuesday, those neighbors took their concerns to city hall.

The mayor tells CBS42 those neighbors should look for major progress on overgrown lots by the end of the month.

Gloria Matthews outlined the problems in District 2 in and around 41st Street on Tuesday night.

She fears rats and snakes, and she says the condition of several vacant homes is inviting crime.

By Tuesday morning, only hours after CBS42 reported on the situation, city crews had cut some of the lots.

According to Mayor Kenneth Coachman, manpower was an issue.

“This is the first day we’ve had a large number of men to go out and do the weed lot cleaning,” Coachman said. “I’m grateful we have it now.”

One council member said the city was doing a poor job of enforcing the law and should cut the lots immediately. The council member also suggested the city put liens on the property.

Fairfield plans to explore land banking, where governments take control of vacant properties and work with developers.

CBS42 and In Your Corner will continue to keep tabs on the progress.

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