The new federally-financed program to demolish vacant Detroit homes has begun with problems for at least one contractor.
Detroit Police traffic enforcement officers stopped demolition work Tuesday at a house on Turner Street near Puritan Avenue on Detroit's west side.
As Officer Sidney Bragg explained, the problem was with the truck used to haul away debris.
"This truck is rated for 18,000 pounds. Nine times out of ten it will be twice that amount," Bragg explained.
Officer Bragg also found the truck was not properly equipped.
"He is not in compliance. So you have to take the proper steps to take him off the street," Bragg said.
Local 4 also discovered the man behind the wheel of that truck needed to have a commercial drivers license, but he could only show a state ID card.
Residents living along Turner Street welcome the $52 Million federal program to remove blight from Detroit neighborhoods. Governor Rick Snyder has said the program will help improve property values.
Police Tuesday demanded that contractors have the proper permits for trucks that haul the large 30-ton excavators to and from demolition sites.
Detroit police did tow one big rig.
Spokesmen for the Michigan State Housing Development Authority said efforts will be taken to resolve the permit issue.