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Jefferson Parish Has New Department To Fight Blight

Jefferson Parish Has New Department To Fight Blight

To fight the eyesores of high grass and safety hazards of abandoned buildings, Jefferson Parish now has a department solely devoted to the task and a new hire to head it.

NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports Catherine Toppel has been appointed interim director of the Department of Property Maintenance Zoning/Quality of Life, an office newly separated from the Department of Inspection and Code Enforcement in an effort to speed the sprucing up of problem properties.

Monday marked the first day for the new department, and Toppel's first day on the job, at $82,000 annually. Her appointment is subject to Parish Council approval, perhaps as early as this month.

Toppel will oversee weed control and the inspection and enforcement of codes regarding private properties.

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