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Council to look at two nuisance WC properties

Abatement considered for Elm and Superior Street properties

June 3, 2013
Anne Blankenship (ablankenship@freemanjournal.net) , The Daily Freeman Journal

The City Council of Webster City will address several issues Monday night concerning nuisance properties in the community.

The council will look at nuisance abatement for two properties, 1116 Elm St., owned by Jay Wynkoop, and the second at 1514 Superior St., owned by No Pants LLC of Florida.

City Planning Director Karla Wetzler said in a memo to the council that an unsafe building notice was sent to Wynkoop concerning the Elm Street property in November 2011. She said the city gave the owner additional time to have the house demolished. Wetzler said Wynkoop was willing to give the property to the city or an adjacent neighbor, but the neighbors don't want to pay to have the structure demolished.

The Superior Street property was damaged in a fire in January 2010, leaving it uninhabitable, according to Wetzler's memo. An unsafe building notice was sent in April 2012 and again in July 2012.Despite frequent conversations with the owner early on, Wetzler said there had been no response to emails or phone calls since the beginning of the year.

Wetzler's memo recommends that both property owners be given 30 days to abate the nuisances. In the event that the owners fail to abate the nuisance at the properties, the city would then have the option to handle the nuisance itself and assess the costs to the owners or a municipal infraction could be filed against the property owners.

In a related matter, the City Council will look at possible ways to fund demolition of unsafe buildings. City Manager Ed Sadler in a memo said the buildings in question are those where the owner is financially unable to address the issue or the owner has left Webster City and can't be located. Other properties are owned by a bank usually out-of-state due to foreclosure or bankruptcy or the bank is not foreclosing because it doesn't want possession of the property, according to Sadler. The council will examine options to fund these demolitions.

In other business, the council is expected to appoint members to the following commissions and boards: Airport commission, airport zoning board of adjustment, city planning and zoning commission, hotel/motel tax board and the zoning board of adjustment.

A resolution is on the agenda which if approved will authorize a lease agreement with the Webster City Schools for use of city owned property for a concession stand located at the Middleton Sports Complex in Nokomis Park.

City Council members will consider a contract with T & D Handyman Service for nuisance mowing within the city limits at a cost of $25 per hour. The city would then in turn bill the property owners for the costs.

Other items on the agenda include:

A resolution to execute a mutual aid agreement with the Woolstock Community Fire Department.

A resolution for an agreement with Webster City Federal Savings Bank for relocating a sanitary sewer.

A request to hire Kluesner Construction, Farley, for street joint and crack sealing.

tA request to hire Hawkins Inc. of Ames to install new chlorine feed equipment for the waste water plant.

 
 

 

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