City staff recently completed cleanup projects on two properties in town.
Workers demolished the houses at 1921 Marigold Ln SE and 510 Harris St. The City owns the property on Harris Street and staff plans to market the land for redevelopment. The City placed a lien for the cost of cleanup on the Marigold Lane property.
Code enforcement has been a priority of City Council for several years. The FY 2021-2022 budget adds an additional $5,040 in funding for building demolition, which increases funding to $60,750 for building demolitions, foreclosure and nuisance enforcement. Staff has increased budget allocations for code enforcement by $22,750 over the past two years in response to Council priorities.
The cleanup funds do not include staff. In addition to funding demolition and cleanup, the City also funds a full-time Nuisance Abatement Officer in the Police Department and a Zoning/Housing Inspector in the Planning Department. These staff members work together to enforce codes and manage abatement projects.
During 2019 and 2020, staff completed 19 abatement projects. Many of those were resolved by the owner. Seven were demolition and cleanup projects.
510 Harris Street
510 Harris St during demolition
510 Harris St after cleanup
1921 Marigold Lane
1921 Marigold Ln before demolition
1921 Marigold Ln after cleanup