Towns differ in approach to blighted properties

One of Jackson County’s three incorporated towns has taken a proactive approach to dealing with blighted and abandoned houses and other buildings.

“We have an unsafe building ordinance that allows us to inspect structures and cite owners,” Crothersville council President Ardell Mitchell said.

The ordinance requires houses and other buildings to be structurally sound, said Mitchell, who also happens to be the town’s building inspector. He said that’s a job he took in part because of his work in the construction industry.

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