bedroom and not secure. Inspector Der Vue wrote that even though Ramsey County
says the property owner resides at the property, our information says the owner does
not reside there. We learned that there is a manager assigned but we weren’t able to
get ahold of them. It was transferred to inspector Ganzel who has tried numerous
times to enter the property. He has met with today’s appellant on some occasions, and
not met sometimes. We believe it is not owner occupied and it does require a Fire
Certificate of Occupancy. This has been going on since January. What has been given
to us by appellant was a Durable Power of Attorney (POA) which states the property
owner lives on Princeton in Eagan MN. We have also learned the property owner is
incarcerated and doesn’t reside there, nor does his immediate family. Since we have
had difficulty in getting anyone to step up and be responsible and responsive and apply
for a Fire Certificate of Occupancy and allow a full inspection, we ordered it vacated
since it lacked a Fire Certificate of Occupancy.
Staff report by Supervisor Matt Dornfeld: Inspector Hoffman opened a Category 2
Vacant Building March 22, 2022. He met with St. Paul Police Department, Restoration
Professionals, and the fire inspector at the property to vacate and secure the property.
Moermond: Ms. Clement you hold a durable POA. What are you looking for today?
Inie Clement: the unit is not abandoned and is not vacant. We have family members
that have consistently been there and a friend that was in crisis that moved in. From
the beginning before Mr. Clement had his temporary absence. He has several sons
that pop in now and again. He called them on the 16th and 18th. I have documentation
of that. It was purchased as a fixer upper years ago. No one was allowed to move in
until the unit met code at the time. It was also given a Fire Certificate of Occupancy. I
showed he was the primary resident as of his letter March 3. I didn’t receive it until the
15 because it was mailed to the Princeton address. It is supposed to go to his primary
residence. I wrote not to send his mail there. Before we found out the mistake on the
POA where he accidentally said he lived in Princeton. It is cleared up now he isn’t
there. After I sent the documentation he is the owner and primary resident, he
accepted the evidence from me. I went to the office and dropped it off. That is why
they didn’t come out on the 17th to inspect. He said he has a concern since Victor is
not around, who do they contact or follow up for emergencies. That is when I brought in
that information to prove it is his primary residence. He lives there, he is temporarily
absent. He requested I bring in the POA and the special sheet that mail should not be
sent to Princeton, that it should be sent to Ivy. So I submitted that. All I could
understand was that everything was ok as of Friday. Friday morning he called and I
missed it and I called back right away. The next day I had was Monday, I called
Monday morning and he said he already abandoned the building. I asked why, the
problem has been taken care of. That is when he told me the question he had on
Friday. They came and took the cars that were parked in front of the property. They
were being used by the people in the property. They had current insurance.
Moermond: ma’am you didn’t file an appeal on that. I don’t have anything related to
Clement: alright. I did appeal on the 18th and have the inspector reinspect from the
19th. I never received any notice. We have smoke alarms.
[Victor Clement called Inie Clement on her phone but could not be heard]
Inie Clement: he said he’s the owner of both buildings. The Ivy house is his primary
residence. He says he has a commitment warrant.
Moermond: I have a question. My understanding is Mr. Clement is incarcerated and
has been for some months?