House Bill 381 working to remove abandoned mobile homes


    City leaders Darrel Ealum and Ward One City Commissioner Jon Howard are working to get rid of the abandoned mobile homes in Albany and Dougherty County.<p><br>{/p}<p>Photo: Kailey McCarthy{/p}

    City leaders Darrel Ealum and Ward One City Commissioner Jon Howard are working together to get rid of the abandoned mobile homes in Albany and Dougherty County.

    Former State Representative Darrel Ealum passed a bill during the 2018 legislative session to address the problem.

    House Bill 381 allows local governments and landowners to work together to get rid of abandoned mobile homes.

    Ealum says landowners can go directly to the local government and together, they can go through the process of destroying the home or taking it to the dump.

    Ealum adds that the bill, in turn, helps landowners with the cost of tearing down the abandoned homes.

    "It's going to take a real, joint effort by our local governments and our landowners to jointly work together, go through the process of this bill and then bare the financial burden to get them out of here and get them to the dump," said Ealum.

    Ealum says the financial burden is not included in the bill. It's up to the landowner and the local government to work through the finances.

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