compliance report unless we vacated. I've been going out on a limb financially for the
last 13 months. We started doing renovations once the report was done. We
assumed that the chimney was good. After putting $20,000 into new gas piping,
furnace, stove, water heater, and all the natural gas work, we found that the chimney
had a crack. That was not in the budget. We ended up spending $12,000 on that last
December and got the heat on. That depleted a lot of my funds. I came to the
realization that I don't have enough money to complete the project, so I'm stuck. I
can't bring it up to code. They won't let me live in it because of that, even though
most remaining problems are cosmetic.
Council President Brendmoen: What is your ask?
Jacobowitch: I spent $40,000 and have about $15,000 left in the bank. They say it
could take $75,000-$80,000 total to bring it up to code, so I need to find another
$20,000-25,000. Borrowing money on a condemned house is hard and I haven't been
successful. Now, the city hits me with a $5,000 vacant building fee to put me further
in the hole. I'm being financially exhausted. I need the City to waive this fee. I think I
can get $20,000 done. More than that? I don't know.
Councilmember Noecker moved to close the public hearing. Approved 6-0.
Brendmoen: The City doesn't require a certificate of occupancy to be happy. It's to
make the home safe. That's the goal. I will move the recommendation of the
Legislative Hearing Officer.
Councilmember Yang: I support that.
6 - Councilmember Brendmoen, Councilmember Tolbert, Councilmember
Noecker, Councilmember Prince, Councilmember Jalali and
1 - Councilmember Balenger
Ratifying the Appealed Special Tax Assessment for property at 945
WOODBRIDGE STREET. (File No. J2320A, Assessment No. 238523)
Appeal denied and assessment made payable over 5 years.
Also in attendance: Ini Augustine, appellant
Marcia Moermond, Legislative Hearing Officer: This is a special tax assessment
related to shoveling of snow on a sidewalk in front of a property. The order to remove
the snow and ice was issue February 9. As is practice with these, they issue the
order without looking at the site and then send an inspector out to confirm the
conditions. If they exist, the inspector will send through a work order. The inspector
got there 4 days after the automatically generated letter and found that conditions did
exist. The parks crew got there on February 18. I would note that there was no
snowfall between the issuance of the order and when the crew arrived. Additionally,
there was barely any snowfall in February at all, and you have to go back a week or
two into January. The snow in the video I will show you is from January, although the
crew showed up on February 18. Also, the appellant did send in additional materials
that are attached to the records. Councilmember Balenger did get to review them.
Moermond then showed before and after video from the work crew.
Moermond: The last item I want to put into the record is information on the possibility
of salt reducing the thickness of the ice between the issuance of the orders and the