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Sherman to accelerate eyesore tear-downs

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The Sity of Sherman plans to tear down more dilapidated buildings. (KTEN) The Sity of Sherman plans to tear down more dilapidated buildings. (KTEN)

SHERMAN, Texas -- The City of Sherman is poised accelerate its program to tear down buildings that have become eyesores.

There are currently more than 800 buildings in Sherman that are not actively using the city's trash or water services. Staffers say that usually means they are vacant.

The city's substandard structure program is tasked at identifying which structures are unlikely to meet city code.

In the past, they've only been able to tear down 20 to 25 non-compliant properties each year, based on budget.

But this year, the city is considering increasing the number of demolitions by a factor of four by not relying on contractors for the service.

"By having our own equipment, we would no longer be subject to other people's schedules," said City Council member Shawn Teamann. "When we' re hiring contractors, we have to wait for them to come, or if we're renting equipment then we're subject to how long we can keep it or where it's got to go."

When run-down properties are cleared, the lot owner can decide what they will do with it, but Teamann maintains that without the dilapidated homes, the value would go up.

Switching the substandard structure program to be run mostly in-house by city staff would save about 30 percent of current demolition costs.

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