AUGUSTA, Ga. – The Augusta Commission today stressed its commitment to cleaning unsightly lots and illegal dumping sites, despite a lack of immediate funding for responsive programs.
“We are establishing a multi-pronged approach to include code enforcement, cleanup and public education initiatives,” said Augusta Administrator Janice Allen Jackson.
The plan focuses on first taking those actions that will not require funding or personnel:
“Our ultimate goal is the revitalization of our neighborhoods – strengthening existing neighborhood associations and encouraging the launch of others,” Jackson said. “The best way to stop littering and illegal dumping is by having our citizens buy into the concept of neighborhood patrols. We must have widespread commitment to keeping our city beautiful.”
Follow-up steps will include the city’s Environmental Services Department presenting, by early May, its proposal from the options discussed during its recent strategic workshop. The mayor and commission will decide the environmental services they would like the city to provide residents, as well as the levels of those services and the rates associated with the city’s solid waste management program. Several of the services directly relate to lot cleanups, abandoned building demolition, waste tire pickup and other cleanup activities.
The Land Bank Authority also is working with the Housing and Community Development Department to develop a strategy for more aggressively marketing and disposing of tax-delinquent and abandoned properties. Finally, the commission will consider funding for the remainder of this year and beyond.
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