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File #: 12-0050R    Version: 0 Name: Upkeep and Maintenance of Vacant Lots and Public Green Spaces
Type: City Council Resolution Status: Adopted
File created: 5/14/2012 In control: City Council
On agenda: Final action: 5/14/2012
Enactment #:
Title: Upkeep and Maintenance of Vacant Lots and Public Green Spaces FOR the purpose of requesting the Director of the Department of Recreation and Parks, the Director of the Department of Transportation, the Director of the Department of Housing and Community Development, the Head of the Bureau of Solid Waste, and the Chief of the Bureau of Budget and Management Research to report on the annual cumulative total of calls for service for the upkeep and maintenance of vacant lots and green spaces; and to recommend to the Administration a single City agency with the responsibility for mowing all City-owned lots, parcels, parks, and green spaces.
Sponsors: William H. Cole, IV, Sharon Green Middleton, Bill Henry, James B. Kraft, Carl Stokes, Warren Branch, Helen L. Holton, Nick Mosby, Brandon M. Scott, Rochelle Spector, William "Pete" Welch, Edward Reisinger, Mary Pat Clarke, Robert Curran, President Young
Indexes: Maintenance, Resolution, Vacant Lot
Attachments: 1. 12-0050R - 1st Reader.pdf
* WARNING: THIS IS AN UNOFFICIAL, INTRODUCTORY COPY OF THE BILL.
THE OFFICIAL COPY CONSIDERED BY THE CITY COUNCIL IS THE FIRST READER COPY.
INTRODUCTORY*

CITY OF BALTIMORE
COUNCIL BILL R
(Resolution)

Introduced by: Councilmember Cole

A RESOLUTION ENTITLED

A COUNCIL RESOLUTION concerning
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Upkeep and Maintenance of Vacant Lots and Public Green Spaces

FOR the purpose of requesting the Director of the Department of Recreation and Parks, the Director of the Department of Transportation, the Director of the Department of Housing and Community Development, the Head of the Bureau of Solid Waste, and the Chief of the Bureau of Budget and Management Research to report on the annual cumulative total of calls for service for the upkeep and maintenance of vacant lots and green spaces; and to recommend to the Administration a single City agency with the responsibility for mowing all City-owned lots, parcels, parks, and green spaces.
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According to the 2010 annual report of the Office of Sustainability, “At the end of 2010, roughly 7,000 vacant or abandoned properties were titled to the Mayor and City Council, and over half of these, 4000 were vacant lots.” Furthermore, the Department of Housing and Community Development possesses ownership of approximately an additional 4,000 lots. With the total number of vacant City-owned lots hovering around 8,000, a single bureau would increase both the efficiency and effectiveness of this City service.

In 2010, 4,000 lots owned by the Mayor and City Council, which are managed by the Department of Housing and Community Development, averaged $760 per lot for 3 grass cutting seasons and $1,015 per lot for annual trash and...

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