AUSTIN, Texas — An audit alleges that the city of Austin has failed to ensure basic safety provisions are followed in building demolitions.

The Austin American-Statesman reports that the Office of the City Auditor released a report Tuesday that says the city hasn’t ensured the proper disposal of lead materials and placed little oversight on property owners required to check for lead and asbestos.

The audit also found that the city often didn’t notify residents when a nearby demolition was to occur. Many demolition requests were approved so quickly that appeals were limited.

The report recommends the city review its permit process. The Development Services Department and the Historic Preservation Office oversee the permit process.

Development Services officials say they’ll begin reviewing the process and hope to implement new procedures next year.


Information from: Austin American-Statesman, http://www.statesman.com

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