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Neighborhood asks city to help solve problems

If it's not the stray animals in their yards, it's the kids in the street. If it's not the kids in the street, it's the speeding cars, screaming by their homes to a booming bass soundtrack.

For Renee Collins, it's all a sign that her neighborhood isn't what it used to be. And she's tired of it.

"I hear stories - from those who have lived here longer than I - that Pine Hills subdivision was once one of Thomson's better neighborhoods, and that it was a good place to start a family and have a home," Ms. Collins wrote in a letter to Thomson City Council members. "It could still be a good neighborhood with your help."

Several residents from the neighborhood off Wrens Highway showed up at last Thursday's city council meeting to lay out their concerns, ranging from dilapidated and abandoned houses to loud music from nearby homes and passing cars. Aside from a stack of phone calls, five families also left letters with city leaders.

"I can't listen to anything but the music," said Dianne Perry, who started calling city officials about a month ago in hopes of getting something done. Attending last week's city council meeting was the culmination of her efforts.

Ursula Weiser said she and other neighbors had called police, but nothing seemed to work - especially with the loud music complaints. If a police officer did respond, she said, the offending residents turned the music back up a few minutes later.

Couple the loud music with a nearby house that is falling down and the cars and motorcycles that race through the neighborhood, and Mrs. Weiser said she doesn't feel like she's even in Thomson anymore.

"It's so bad you feel like you are somewhere up in New York in the slum areas," she said.

And while she knows Pine Hills isn't the only subdivision with problems, she said she hopes officials would be willing to step in and help.

"I love Thomson, Ga., but something needs to be done," Mrs. Weiser told city council members.

Thomson Mayor Pro-Tem Kenneth Usry promised the residents they would see something done.

"We will address these issues," he said. "...We all live here. We all want to be good neighbors. ... Let's clean up that portion of town."

Web posted on Thursday, September 21, 2006

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