Jacobowitch: May 20, 2022 we had a minor gas leak at the house. In order to avoid all
this fuss we probably should have lit a match and destroyed the evidence. We did the
responsible thing and called NSP about the leak. They sent the Fire Department who
turned off the gas and identified it as coming from a valve going to the kitchen stove.
This house was built in 1900. That gas valve was at least 100 years old. They turned
off the gas for the safety issue. Because the St. Paul Fire Department responded to
an issue I have to get a report from the St. Paul Fire Department saying it is safe to
have someone come out to work on the gas. They refuse to give me that report. They
told me to go to DSI. I went there and asked for this report and I didn’t get it. I think I
spoke to Joe, I am not sure, but someone told me if I didn’t “stop complaining” they’d
send someone to board it immediately.
Yannarelly: he spoke with Mr. Hoffman.
Jacobowitch: once I have that report I will get it repaired.
West: it happened because one of the kids had seizures and there was a gas smell.
We didn’t notice. He called every single day; we moved the kid out of the basement
and stayed in the living room until a bedroom was available. I heard him on the phone
every day to resolve this. He called for the dumpsters, they’re 2 weeks late and we only
got it for a week. Before that he hauled 11 trailers of trash out. We busted our butts to
get it where it is livable if we had gas. They are refusing to pick up our garbage. We
went to throw garbage in the bin last Friday evening and there was still garbage in the
cans. You can’t overflow them or leave it. How are we supposed to do the things we
need to do if we have roadblocks at every turn?
Jacobowitch: we’re having roadblocks in spite of the City. I have photos.
West: no one provided the resources we needed. Nothing was provided.
Moermond: and I’m going to say so we are clear, this is your house and you are
responsible for it. Resources for assistance to help you maintain, that’s fantastic.
Those resources are above and beyond what the expectation should be which is that
we all have to manage our own business. I haven’t heard of a case where the Fire
Department needs to make a determination but rather a licensed plumbing contractor
would need to pull a permit to repair a gas line if that was the only issue.
Yannarelly: and that may be just the tip of the iceberg.
Moermond: is the reason they couldn’t pull a permit perhaps due to the Vacant Building
status and breadth of the violations?
Moermond: clearly in the nature of the orders there are hoarding issues. I hear you are
working on them, great. I am super concerned about sleeping in the basement. Never
again unless there is an egress window and it is properly separated from fuel burning
equipment. It isn’t safe. People die all the time.
Jacobowitch: they haven’t died in my house.
Moermond: and I’m glad to hear it because we’d be having another conversation. How
many kids and animals are here?
Jacobowitch: you turned it adversarial already.
Moermond: it is my hearing room, and you know 7 years ago I helped you out. I am not