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City of Independence
BILL NO. 17-711Res.No:          6185

Agenda Title:

17-711 - A resolution allocating $50,000.00 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 is nearly depleted for the FY16/17 fiscal year. Staff recommends allocating $50,000 of Council Goal funds as bridge funding to continue demolitions. Staff is simultaneously seeking authorization to reallocate CDBG funds as a long-term funding solution for this need. 

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. The regulations pertaining to dangerous buildings are contained with the Property Maintenance Code.

The Code states that any building or structure deemed a dangerous building is declared to be a public nuisance detrimental to the health, safety, and welfare of the residents of the City of Independence. It specifies where any dangerous building is damaged, decayed or deteriorated to a degree that it is not economically feasible to rehabilitate such building, the building shall be ordered to be demolished. In response to the Council's direction to improve the quality and appearance of the community, staff enhanced its code enforcement efforts, particularly in commercial corridors beginning with Highway 24. 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 $91,820 for the removal of dangerous buildings.  To date, $83,525.32 (or 91%) of these funds have been spent on the removal of 14 buildings.  By comparison, 8 dangerous buildings were demolished is the prior fiscal year. There are several more active dangerous building cases that could result in the need for the city to demolish these structures. The remaining budget available for this purpose is $8,294.68. 

The request is to utilize Council Goals funding up to $50,000. The City Council Goals Account has an unallocated balance of $111,170 so spending up to $50,000 would leave over $61,000 for any other needs between now and the end of the fiscal year.

The Council Goal funds would be used as a bridge until Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds can be reallocated for the removal of dangerous buildings. Staff plans to seek authorization to reallocate $100,000 of CDBG funds; it is anticipated the required U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) process to reallocate the funds would take approximately 45 to 60 days.

The Council Goal and CDBG funding would allow staff to continue addressing and removing blight throughout the City.

Fiscal Impact:

The request is to allocate $50,000 of Council Goals fund for the demolition of dangerous buildings. Adequate unrestricted funds are available for this purpose. 

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:         

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