Planning panel tackles controversial abatement list – Alaska News

Planning panel tackles controversial abatement list – Alaska News

The Nome Planning Commission found a list of debatably abatable properties in their meeting packets Aug. 1—about 50 structures on a long list from which to nominate a short list of five most needing abatement. Those five would be referred to Nome Common Council for action—to be made safe or to be demolished.
Owners of those five structures would be given official notice for a hearing before the Council to correct fire or health hazards, or to retrieve the structure from the status of public nuisances with cleanup and fix up. Ten of the buildings on the list were laggers from a 2013 list.
According to city law the mayor, city engineer, chief of police, fire chief or city health officer may report a building to the Nome Common Council for being a nuisance, health hazard or fire hazard.
The law applies a timeline for the owner to be notified of a hearing—in person or by registered letter and a notice posted to the structure. The owner or representative may attend and present evidence that the report is untrue.
Failure to apply remedies to structures verified by the Council as hazards has resulted in quick cures by bulldozer and a bill to the owner for costs, a solution backed up by city law.
Someone had highlighted the addresses of two listed properties in red. An owner of one of the treasures designated as trash—209 West Second Street— attended the meeting: The pie hit the fan during public comment period. David Csiki walked to the podium and held up photos of his property.
The City’s failure to enforce standards and regulations against a neighboring property was holding back work in progress on his property, David Csiki declared at the podium, in no uncertain…

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