Early success for Tupelo blitz

By Emily Le Coz/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – The city’s recently launched code-enforcement blitz has generated overwhelming praise by residents who support the effort, said Tupelo Development Service Director BJ Teal on Tuesday.
Teal reported on the blitz during a City Council work session at City Hall. The effort, which involves almost all of Teal’s staff, eventually will target every property in the city in search of code violations.
“We have gotten more calls of ‘thank you’ for what we’re doing in the neighborhoods than complaints,” Teal said. “Most of it has been junk vehicles, lot mowing and outside storage.”
The blitz began earlier this month and will last throughout the summer and into fall. In addition to residential properties, the effort also targets commercial sites for violations. Among the most common concerns are improper signage.
Noncompliant property owners so far have been given warnings, but not citations. Teal said citations will come next.
“That’s going to hit hard when you give somebody a ticket and say ‘Tell it to the judge,’” she said.
Teal has the support of Mayor Jack Reed Jr. and council members, who said they want to see Tupelo clean.
emily.lecoz@journalinc.com