Marietta currently operates under a 1998 International Property Management Code, which applies standards to quality of life issues including vacant buildings and abandoned vehicles.
City Councilman Roger Kalter tells WMOA News that old vacated homes decrease surrounding property values and are public health and safety hazards…for example, he says a home located near Marietta Middle School - where students frequently travel nearby - “sits full of black mold, animal waste, and deteriorating furnishings”.
The City is still recouping tens of thousands of dollars from demolishing five homes between 2001 and 2008. Federal stimulus money during the Recession was previously used to demolish 34 homes.
A series of eight public meetings will commence next Tuesday, January 8th, in which City Council’s Planning, Zoning & Annexation Committee will look into adopting an updated 2012 Code which provides the City with enforcement tools.
WMOA will announce the time and place of those meetings as made available.