by Lisa Tome
The walls, and the rest of the dilapidated home at 33 Center Street in Port Deposit came tumbling down last week.
Nobody was more thrilled than the town's mayor.
"It worked well in this case. It was a hazard and a health hazard. It's part of our effort to clean up Port Deposit," said Mayor Wayne Tome, Sr. "It improved the image of the town and people notice those things. Maybe this will help get people interested in the town."
and The property clean up was number 17 in the county's property demolition program. The cost to clean up the property was $19,780. The contract was awarded to Gateway Construction of Delaware. The initial bid was $19,000. The additional $780 paid for an asbestos evaluation. No asbestos was found at the property.
The county has been moving forward with the removal of uninhabitable, and unsafe, homes in which the structural integrity has been compromised.
Back in fiscal year 2014, then County Executive Tari Moore moved forward with plans for a demolition program for unsafe homes. The plan moved ahead in fiscal year 2015. In that year, five homes were taken down.
Homes at Ragan Road, Conowingo, Turkey Point Road, North East, Locust Street in Crystal Beach, Earleville, Carpenters Point near Perryville, and Bainbridge Road near Port Deposit have been removed.
"We go through the process. We give them (the property owner) the opportunity to take them down. If they fail to do so within 60 days, we take court action and the court gives us authority. Once the work is completed, the fees for the demo, and the attorneys are paid by a tax lien against the tax bill," explained Conway.
"This has been a very successful program. We're trying to get the ones that need to be demolished where they need to go. We know there are more out there, but I have no idea how many. Baltimore City has 30,000 abandoned structures. We see them here. We know they are out there," said Conway.
A home in the unit block of Falls Road, North East, is next on the list for demolition through the county program. "We're doing the ones we think are important," said Conway.
Port Deposit's mayor said this property removal is part of an ongoing effort in that town.
Mayor Tome said that the town council has taken a stance on junk cars and homes. "Our goal is to clean it up. This (mess) has an effect on your psyche," said Tome.
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