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Mississippi transfers abandoned rubber recycling property to Vicksburg

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The Mississippi Secretary of State’s Office announced Tuesday, Dec. 10, that it has transferred approximately 12.6 acres of tax-forfeited property to the City of Vicksburg effective Dec. 4, 2019.

The Warren County tax collector conveyed the property, once owned by U.S. Rubber Reclaiming, Inc. to the State of Mississippi for the non-payment of property taxes in August 2010, the same month the company ceased its operations. The company was wholly owned by Obsidian Enterprises of Indianapolis, Ind.

The property is off U.S. Highway 61 just north of the municipal airport.

“The City of Vicksburg has done a tremendous job in attracting new businesses and has been an excellent partner with our office over the years in returning parcels to the tax rolls,” Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said in a statement. “Under Mayor Flagg’s leadership and vision, I am confident this property will benefit the City of Vicksburg.”

To position the property for reuse, Vicksburg will need to develop a strategy in cooperation with the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality to clean it up, as a significant amount of accumulated rubber remains on the property.

“I appreciate Secretary Hosemann’s efforts to arrange the transfer of this property to the City of Vicksburg,” said Mayor George Flaggs Jr. “I have every confidence that it will be put to good use as we work to move Vicksburg forward.”

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