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Public Safety Advisory Council hosts 'What's Going On?' forum in Columbus

(Source: Columbus Consolidated Government) (Source: Columbus Consolidated Government)

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – The Public Safety Advisory Council will hold a forum to discuss with the citizens on how to handle blighted areas in their neighborhoods.

The “What’s Going On?” forum will be held on March 31 from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at the Columbus Public Library on Macon Road.

Concerns have been voiced by board members and citizens about abandoned or neglected homes in their area that are havens for illegal activity. These homes devalue the property around it and potentially prevent others from desiring to live in these areas.

Many of these homes have shrubbery and grass that is overgrown which allows for unwanted animals, bugs and foul odors for surrounding neighbors. Also, these homes and buildings allow for criminal activity to go on unnoticed because of the boarded up fronts and landscape overgrowth.

This is a safety problem and if it is left unaddressed it can create a dangerous environment for citizens to live. Pictures will be shown at the forum of debris that is dumped on the property and other unsavory items that make it dangerous for children in that area to play safely.

During the forum on March 31, city servants will sit on a panel to give out relevant information to citizens on how to start addressing these property concerns.

Some of the panel guests will include Justin Kreig with Historic Columbus, Drale Short with Special Enforcement and representatives from the Public Safety Departments including police, fire and sheriff.

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