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City reintroduces program for free disposal of demolished buildings

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The city of Roswell is conducting its “Clean and Safe” program to offer local property owners free disposal of materials from the demolition and removal of condemned and dilapidated structures in the city. A $5 permit fee will be required.

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.

The program was initiated in 2014. This year’s program begins Monday and will continue through Oct. 31. 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.

According to the city news release, condemned and dilapidated buildings not only detract from the aesthetics of the community, they also create a danger to 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, the news release indicates.

In addition, the program provides a 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.

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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 for a $5 fee allowing them to dispose of the structure’s debris at the landfill for no other charge.

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