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Board of Adjustment and Appeals - Regular Session
Meeting Date: 09/07/2017  
Subject:    Case 17-19V, Special Assessment Objection, Mary Tjosvold, 1354 121st Ave NW, 11-31-24-31-0001
From: Heather Rodgers

Unpaid penalties in the amount of $10,815.00 associated with code enforcement activity against the subject property are proposed to be assessed to the property. The property owner has filed an objection to the assessment.
The property at 1354 121st Ave NW was purchased by Mary Tjosvold in 2014. Since that time, the Coon Rapids Police Department has received several calls that this vacant property was unsecured and squatters were found in the dwelling. City staff has secured the property on numerous occasions.

The following chronology relates to the actions and procedures leading up to the special assessment in this matter.

On 03/31/2016, Chief Building Official Greg Brady sent a compliance letter to the property owner itemizing the City's various concerns at the property.

On 08/29/2016, City staff received a complaint regarding the condition of the vacant property, which was reported to be unsecured and debris found throughout the property and yard.

On 8/30/2016, City staff inspected the property and afterward emailed Ron Nordin, Community Development Manager with Mary T. Inc., informing him of the conditions at the property. City staff did not receive a response from Mr. Nordin.

On 8/30/2016, a building demolition permit was issued to Egan Construction to demolish the dwelling, detached garage and outbuilding.

On 09/08/2016, City staff received notification from the Coon Rapids Police Department that the property was not secure and debris, including a water heater, refrigerator, paint cans and building materials, was scattered throughout the yard.

On 09/08/2016, Chief Building Official Greg Brady spoke with Mary T. Inc.’s demolition contractor regarding the condition of the property. The contractor stated demolition would begin on 9/12/2016.

On 09/13/2016, City staff re-inspected the property and found that a dumpster was on site and demolition had begun.

On 10/12/2016, Chief Building Official Greg Brady inspected the property and found that the building foundation and miscellaneous debris remained on the property.

On 11/01/2016, Administrative Citation #66593-27235 was issued for exterior storage ($300.00 penalty). The citation established a compliance date of 11/12/2016. The citation was mailed to the owner of record (same address) and was not returned as undeliverable.

On 11/14/2016, the property was re-inspected and remained in violation of City Code for exterior storage. City staff informed Chief Building Official Greg Brady of the conditions at the property.

On 11/14/2016, Chief Building Official Greg Brady contacted Egan Construction regarding the condition of the property and they stated they would be at the property that same day to clean up the site. Greg Brady advised if clean-up had not begun the property would get abated on 11/15/2016.

On 11/14/2016, City staff re-inspected the property in the afternoon, no one was on site and the conditions at the property remained the same. Abatement for the exterior storage was scheduled with the City’s abatement contractor.

On 11/15/2016, the exterior storage at the property was abated, which took two days. The $300.00 administrative penalty, $10,441.00 in abatement costs and a $74.00 abatement administrative fee were charged.

Penalties charged: $10,815.00

On 11/16/2016, Kim Neal with Mary T. Inc. emailed City staff requesting a time extension. City staff explained the compliance date had passed and that the abatement process had already taken place.
In Case 17-19V, it is requested that the Board of Adjustment and Appeals recommend the City Council affirm the $10,815.00 special assessment in its entirety.

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