HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A group of residents in the Palmer's Crossing community in Hattiesburg is accusing City Hall of neglecting safety concerns in their neighborhood and they're threatening legal action if something isn't done about it.
Palmer's Crossing's Community Action Team took the media on a tour Wednesday of what they say are several safety issues that the city is ignoring. Among them are street and sidewalk problems, flooding and drainage concerns and inadequate lighting in some public areas.
Some of the properties on the tour belong to the city, while others are owned by the county.
"It is Thanksgiving...this is the season of giving and we would love for the City to give to us what is due to us," said Rev. Nathan Jordan, one of the founders of the Community Action Team who addressed media at a news conference before the tour. "We're highly taxed, we're more taxed, but we receive less services in the Palmer's Crossing community," Jordan said. He added, "we'll consider litigation, it seems to be the only thing that the City Hall understands is litigation."
"I think Mr. Jordan came to the Council last month and made two or three requests and I think we've taken care of those requests that he came in and talked about," said Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny Dupree. "Quite frankly, one of the requests had nothing to do with the City of Hattiesburg, it was Forrest County, but we'll address all of them. Even with that request, we took it through the proper channels," Dupree said.
Jordan says he'll run for mayor as an independent against Dupree next year. But, he says those political plans have nothing to do with Wednesday's neighborhood tour.