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.