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Take a tour of Albany's ugliest places

April 23, 2004

Albany -- It's a problem that affects every community and every neighborhood city eye sores and illegal dumping. We first told you about them in February and since then Albany leaders say things have improved but more clean ups are still in the works. Today city officials boarded a bus to see first hand the big job that lies ahead .

The scenery on this site seeing tour is lacking no flowers and beautiful landmarks here only piles and piles of garbage.

Friday, city officials toured some of Albany's worst. Blighted neighborhoods and miles of illegal dumping sites.

"I walked through and around these places and it make an impact on how I'm going to handle my business from now on," says Judge Willie Weaver.

Judge Weaver is in charge of cleaning house in Albany. He says in his courtroom offenders cited for illegal dumping or not cleaning up their property make excuses and lie about how big a problem is that's why a tour like this one was so important.

"It's easy for someone to come into court and say I have cleaned it up and they have only seen them that one time," says Judy Bowles of Keep Albany- Dougherty Beautiful.

"Two or three weeks ago this was clean and it just started we just have to catch somebody dumping," says Richard Hobbs manager of the  Georgia Motor Estates trailor park.

But regardless of who dumps here the owner is responsible for the property. And the problem arises when they imply ignore the problem and the city and taxpayers have to foot the bill for the clean up. 

"A house like this behind us they will board it clean it up off the property will come back smoke dope drink beer and then throw trash in the yard is it a revolving door," says Weaver.

A problem he hopes will be solved by tighter enforcments and money the city commission has granted the city's code enforcement department to had out more citations and bring home the message that clean is the law.

If you have a city eye sore to report you can call the Code enforcement office at  229-438-3913.

posted at 5:08PM by scott.hunter@walb.com