RLH RR 22-29
Ordering the rehabilitation or razing and removal of the structures at 1807
SEVENTH STREET EAST within fifteen (15) days after the June 22,
2022, City Council Public Hearing.
Layover to LH June 21, 2022 at 9 am. By COB Monday June 20 PO must 1) post
$5,000 PD, 2) submit sworn construction statement including schedule, 3) pay property
taxes, 4) proof of financing, 5) affidavit dedicating funds to the project, 6) submit
contract if selling indicating title won't transfer until rehab is complete and 7) property
must be maintained.
Cory Johnson, owner, appeared
Rashad Kennedy, contractor & partner, appeared
[Moermond gives appeal process]
Staff report by Joe Yannarelly: the building is a one and one-half story, wood frame,
single-family dwelling with a detached two-stall garage on a lot of 6,098 square feet.
According to our files, it has been a vacant building since January 7, 2019. The
current property owner is Jerome N. Bette (deceased), per AMANDA and Ramsey
County Property records. On January 12, 2022, an inspection of the building was
conducted, a list of deficiencies which constitute a nuisance condition was developed
and photographs were taken. An order to abate a nuisance building was posted on
January 24, 2022, with a compliance date of February 23, 2022. As of this date, the
property remains in a condition which comprises a nuisance as defined by the
legislative code. Taxation has placed an estimated market value of $25,000 on the
land and $174,700 on the building. Real estate taxes for 2019, 2020, and 2021 are
delinquent in the amount of $14,392.86, which includes penalty and interest. Taxes for
the first half of 2022 are due and owing in the amount of $3,660.00. This property is
scheduled for forfeiture July 31, 2023. The vacant building registration fees were paid
by assessment on December 1, 2021. A Code Compliance Inspection was applied for
on April 14, 2022; however, it has not been done as the house needs to be cleaned out
prior to any inspection. As of May 23, 2022, the $5,000 performance deposit has not
been posted. There have been twenty-six Summary Abatement notices since 2019.
There have been fifteen work orders issued for Garbage/rubbish, Boarding/securing,
Tall grass/weeds, and Snow/ice. Code Enforcement Officers estimate the cost to
repair this structure exceeds $75,000. The estimated cost to demolish exceeds
Moermond: so tax delinquency situation. It also has not been maintained to date?
Yannarelly: we sent our first tall grass and weed work order yesterday for 2022.
Moermond: I also notice this letter is dated May 2, 2022 appointing you as
representative. What is going on Mr. Johnson?
Johnson: I do a lot of foreclosures and probates. He passed in 2019, I think I found it
when it was a Category 2. There was no obit or probate file, so I try to track down
surviving heirs and try and get them to probate or do it myself. That’s what happened
here. He has one relative in Florida, she was just going to let it go, I asked her to let
me probate it so I could get control and rehab. That happened earlier this month.
Moermond: did that appointment involve satisfying the lien against it?
Johnson: I’ve been in touch with John Pravinsky from the collection division of that
department. It will have to be satisfied. It is like $33,000.