Macon Approves New Plan for Abandoned Homes | News
For decades, Macon council members have tried to think of new ways to get rid of abandoned homes in the city.
Tuesday night, City council voted to allow neighborhood groups and other organizations to pitch in.
The Economic and Community Development department will try to partner with outside groups who are willing to help demolish empty homes.
Council member Lauren Benedict says this will help speed up the city's plan to knock out blight.
Council also passed an ordinance that will allow volunteers to clean up debris and weeds building up on vacant lots.
"I know every one of us on council has had calls from people in the community saying, 'I'll come mow that yard. I'll come take away that trash. I'll clean up my neighborhood.' But they can't do that right now, because it's not legal for them to do that. So the legislation we passed today is simply just another tool in the toolbox that allows us to clean up this blight," says Benedict.
Volunteers must go through Economic and Community Development and sign a waiver before cleaning up the property.