The village of Rankin is joining the Intergovernmental Municipality Land Bank program. Village Board members voted to take the step with up to 15 communities to clean up property sites.
There is no cost involved; the program simply asks that someone from the community or the village board serve as a board member.
The program is designed to help eliminate blight in communities by cleaning up properties and getting them back on the tax rolls. The program has been awarded a $30,000 grant and a $3,000 grant from the state. Additional funding has been received from counties, and the program also is supported by donations.