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Jackson water is poisoning children at a higher rate than neighboring cities and counties!
Jackson has tested below the federal action limit for lead in the city's water supply ever since testing began under federal law in 1992. While there are high rates of lead in children younger than 6 in Jackson County, compared to other areas in the state, the most likely reason is due to lead paint in homes built before 1978 and a high rate of rentals within the community.
Federal and state law requires landlords to disclose any known lead hazards within a home before renting it out to tenants, but without conducting a risk assessment of the property, landlords are allowed to cite an absence of any "known" lead risks and move on.
A new ordinance by city officials requiring rental owners to conduct a lead risk assessment is under review, with a community meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. on April 13 at Ella Sharp Museum.
The City of Jackson is the 50th most dangerous city in the U.S.!
You might hear this rumor flying around now and then from people who have either heard it from others or have gone to the source of the rumor. The data used for this designation, though, is flawed, according to the FBI and - frankly - simple common sense.
Site managers admit how they came to designate the Top 100 Most Dangerous cities, saying FBI data was used as well as data from more than the city's police agency - including county sheriff's, state police and public school police, among others. This is all driven over the backdrop of the city's population of roughly 33,000.
This is where the issues come forward in this study. Using crime stats from the entire county and surrounding communities, then wrapping them into the City of Jackson's population alone instead of the entire population of Jackson County, skews the numbers.
Furthermore, these numbers shouldn't be used to compare cities at all, according to the FBI.
"(FBI) data is sometimes used to compile rankings of individual jurisdictions and institutions of higher learning. These incomplete analyses have often created misleading perceptions which adversely affect geographic entities and their residents. For this reason, the FBI has a long-standing policy against ranking participating law enforcement agencies on the basis of crime data alone."
Is the City of Jackson going to install parking meters downtown?
The City of Jackson has no plans to install parking meters in downtown Jackson. Parking along Michigan Avenue will remain free of charge in the near future.