The Jackson City Council agreed today in a 4-2 vote to close a frontage road entrance leading to Montrose Circle and Rebecca Court after neighbors complained that the road was providing an easy escape route for criminals.

Neighbors had gathered hundreds of signatures in favor of the closing. There are about 30 homes on Montrose Circle and seven on Rebecca Court, according to the Hinds County landroll.

Councilwoman Margaret Barrett-Simon said she thought the city council had agreed to grant neighbors’ request and close the road.

She said she was surprised when Council President Leslie Burl McLemore and Councilman Charles Tillman said they would vote against it.

“Who do we think we are?” Barrett-Simon said before the vote. “I don’t know. I really don’t know. This is a simple thing.”

McLemore and Tillman said closing off city roads was not the answer to solving crime in Jackson. They argued that many neighborhoods could lobby for the same request.

Clarion Ledger
7/29/8