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Posted on: March 20, 2019

Annual ‘Clean and Safe’ program encourages removal of dilapidated buildings

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The City of Roswell will again conduct its “Clean and Safe” program that offers local property owners free disposal (other than a $5 permit fee) of materials from the demolition and removal of condemned and dilapidated structures in the city. The initiative is designed to make it financially easier for people to remove houses, commercial buildings, storage sheds or any other structures that have become eyesores and pose safety hazards.

Since being initiated in 2014, the “Clean and Safe” program has tried to encourage private property owners to remove derelict structures from their properties. This year’s program runs April 1 through Oct. 31. The municipal landfill will waive the fee for dumping of debris associated with the removal of dilapidated structures. Materials that will be accepted at the landfill at no charge are limited to those from the structure itself and do not include its contents. The landfill is at 3006 W. Brasher Road and is open Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Condemned and dilapidated buildings not only detract from the aesthetics of the community, they also create a danger to adventurous and curious children, or anyone else, who may wander into or around them. These run-down, abandoned structures also create breeding grounds and locations for criminal activity. Removing these types of structures positively impacts the community by making it cleaner, nicer looking and safer.

In addition, the program provides a great savings to property owners. Demolishing an average-size house can result in landfill fees of about $3,000 during other times of the year when the “Clean and Safe” program is not in effect.

To participate in the “Clean and Safe” program, a property owner must contact the city’s Code Enforcement Office (421 N. Richardson Ave.; 637-6280) so an inspector can visit the property to check for asbestos (which would have to be properly removed prior to demolition). Owners of properties ready to proceed with removal will receive a permit (there is a $5 permit fee) allowing them to dispose of the structure’s debris at the landfill for no other charge. 

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