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CITY OF MELBOURNE, FLORIDA MINUTES – REGULAR MEETING BEFORE CITY COUNCIL JANUARY 27, 2009

Discussion followed regarding the Neighborhood Stabilization Program funds and the meeting held between staff and Mrs. Corby.

Mrs. Corby asked if the $1.9 million the City anticipates receiving in federal money is going towards the effort in this ordinance. Mrs. Thomas replied no and the City Manager added that the two items aren’t related.

Mrs. Corby said that apparently there are enough life safety issues involved with abandoned homes caused by foreclosures that we need this ordinance. She added that if the City is going to receive money that can be utilized for foreclosure problems, we should use small businesses specializing in lawn mowing, fence repair, screening, etc. The City should not be involved in clean-up when we have small businesses available to do the work.

Mr. Schluckebier noted that staff will review the funding eligibility and possible application of the grant funds in these situations. He pointed out that they are going to be limited and isolated, because we don’t have very many of these situations.

If the incidents are few, Mrs. Corby asked why we are proceeding with this ordinance. Mr. LaRusso offered that if it saves one life, it will be worth the effort.

Mrs. Corby and Mr. Gougelman discussed the foreclosure process and at what point the bank owns the home.

Discussion continued.

Mr. Schluckebier asked staff how many life safety cases the City experiences each year. Code Enforcement Administrator Dan Porsi said that out of the 130 cases that make it to the Code Enforcement Board each year, about half a dozen are related to life safety issues.

Mrs. that

Corby asked staff to the City would take

elaborate on the types temporary measures.

of repairs contemplated. Mr. For example, orange plastic

Porsi said temporary

fencing would be strung around an open door on a house would be paneled to stop

pool to provide a visual people from entering the

deterrent, property.

and

a

broken

Attorney Gougelman informed Council that if the City makes an emergency repair, the expense would be assessed against the property. If the assessment is not paid, the remedy is to place a lien against the property. This is not related to a Code Enforcement Board lien. The second issue that needs to be clarified is that the discussion has centered on these

properties as if they’re vacant. ordinance has been expanded. It

As indicated could involve

in the agenda report, the scope of the occupied properties, properties that might

not

be

occupied

full-time,

and

vacant

properties.

Mrs. Corby expressed concern with imposing an ordinance on people who are in their homes and making temporary repairs to occupied homes.

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