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City of Independence
BILL NO. 18-713Res.No:          6294

Agenda Title:

18-713 - A resolution allocating $63,926.00 of Council Goals Funds for the demolition of dangerous buildings.

Staff recommends approval of the request.

Executive Summary:

Due to the Council’s request for increased emphasis on code enforcement and blight remediation, the available budget for dangerous building demolitions has been depleted for the FY 17/18 fiscal year.  Staff recommends allocating $63,926 of Council Goal funds to continue dangerous building demolition.  


The purpose of the City’s Property Maintenance Code is to protect the public health, safety and welfare in all existing structures and on all premises by establishing minimum requirements and standards for premises and structures.  Staff’s goal is to receive voluntary compliance with repairing or demolishing dangerous buildings.  However, that is not always feasible, nor economical.  The Code allows the City to demolish dangerous buildings when any dangerous building is damaged, decayed or deteriorated to a degree that it is not economically feasible to rehabilitate.  


In response to the Council’s direction to improve the quality and appearance of the community, staff enhanced its code enforcement efforts citywide.  Although the effort has been successful in combating blight, it has an impact on budget resources.


Funds are budgeted in the Community Development budget in the amount of $191,820 for the removal of dangerous buildings.  To date, all of the dangerous building funds have been spent.


A total of 11 buildings have been demolished with the dangerous building funds.  Of these 11 buildings, three (3) have been commercial buildings located along major corridors and one (1) was a 20-year community eyesore.  The total of these four (4) demolitions totaled $155,744 (or 81% of the total budgeted).  There are several more active dangerous building cases that could result in the need for the city to demolish these structures.  Additionally, for the last several years during the winter months, we have averaged 5-7 residential house fires that warrant demotion.  The average residential structure demolition has been averaging about $6,500 to $7,000.


The request is to utilize Council Goals funding up to $63,926 for the demolition of dangerous buildings.

Fiscal Impact:

As of July 1, 2017, $198,190 was available in Council Goals funds from the current budget and encumbrances from prior fiscal years. Of that amount, funds have been expended or encumbered for the following:
• Sterling Avenue Sidewalks - $50,000
• IndeBus Wifi - $9,000

• Rockwood Golf Course Acquisition - $23,238.95

• Mowing - Beauty Rest Property - $2,025

• Consultant Services - Downtown Redevelopment Coordinating Committee - $50,000



The remaining balance is currently $63,926.05. If the proposed resolution is approved, Council Goals funding will be depleted for the current fiscal year. 

Department:          Community DevelopmentContact Person:          Tom Scannell

Community Development DepartmentApproved
City Clerk DepartmentApproved
Finance DepartmentApproved
Finance DepartmentApproved
Law DepartmentApproved
City Managers OfficeApproved
City Clerk DepartmentApproved

Council Action:          Council Action:          Accepted