LAGRANGE, Ga. — Residents of the Hillside Cottages, a compact community of homes for seniors, addressed LaGrange City Council about concerns of safety in their neighborhood.
Resident Barbara McCown was one of about 10 residents who attended city council's Tuesday committee meeting to talk with officials about the neighborhood's recent activities. She said the area has been suffering from vandalism and other various disturbances, including people trying to "hack down" the neighborhood's fences.
"It's been an ongoing thing," she said, noting people have been in the area in the early morning hours damaging property or being loud.
McCown said the damages are one issue, but more importantly she and others want to feel safe in their homes.
The Hillside Cottages are a DASH for LaGrange neighborhood. DASH, or Dependable Affordable Sustainable Housing, is a nonprofit formed in 2002 to address inadequate affordable housing in the area.
The Hillside residents asked city officials for help and possibly even surveillance cameras. One area man said more police presence is need and noted when he did call law enforcement it took too long for a response.
Officials were receptive to the complaints. Councilman W.T. Edmondson agreed the situation is troubling, but it's what could be next that bothered him.
"My concern is safety, if they are doing vandalism they're going to break into houses," he said.
City Manager Tom Hall said he will speak with the police chief about adding some extra patrols to the area, including in early morning when complaints have occurred. He also agreed to research the installation of surveillance cameras.