Melton backs off vow to close apartments

Backing off his threat to close the dilapidated Jackson Apartments, Mayor Frank Melton told residents Monday he wants their help in fixing the problems.

In an impromptu meeting, Melton told some residents of the Maple Street complex to meet, identify what they want, then get back with him.

“Don’t look for me to come over here and evict you. That’s inhumane. I want you to use me and the mayor’s office to help,” he said.

Two days prior, and less than two weeks into his term, Melton issued an executive order saying he would “evaluate, close down and tear down” the complex. But Melton does not have the sole authority to close down a complex.

Clarion Ledger