Amending Chapter 34 of the Saint Paul Legislative Code to change the City's excessive consumption fee from a tiered per-event fee to a flat fee of one hundred twenty dollars ($120).
THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SAINT PAUL DOES HEREBY ORDAIN:
Chapter 34.24 of the Saint Paul Legislative Code is hereby amended to read as follows:
Sec. 34.24. - Excessive consumption of city services.
(1) Council findings. The city council finds that some property owners take little or no responsibility for the maintenance of their property until the city, through its various inspections programs, has repeatedly ordered them to remedy violations of the property maintenance chapters of the Saint Paul Legislative Code. Such property owners create excessive costs for the city which are over and above the normal cost of providing inspection services city-wide. Property owners who must repeatedly be ordered to remedy code violations on their property consume an unacceptable and disproportionate share of limited city resources. Therefore, it is the intent of the city council, by the adoption of this section, to impose and collect the costs associated with reinspections and the excessive consumption of city inspection services. The collection of such costs for certain properties shall be by assessment against the real property requiring such excessive inspection or reinspection services, pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, Section 429.101, and chapter 14 of the Saint Paul City Charter.
(2) Definitions. For the purpose of this chapter, the terms defined in this section shall have the meanings ascribed to them:
Excessive initial inspection means an inspection and observation of a new violation by an enforcement officer at a specific property address after an enforcement officer has conducted two (2) prior initial inspections within a twelve-month period and found violations of the Saint...Click here for full text