RESOLUTION NO. _2010-18_
A RESOLUTION of the City Council of the City of Lakewood, Washington, confirming the assessment of charges in the amount of $12,858.03 as a special assessment against property located at 5421 Chicago Ave. SW for abatement of a public nuisance and dangerous buildings and authorizing said charges to be certified for collection in the same manner as property taxes.
WHEREAS, in connection with the incorporation of the City of Lakewood, Washington, the City Council adopted a number of health and safety codes and regulations, including regulations providing for fire, building, housing, litter, and other regulations to address adverse and negative impacts on citizens and property in the City; and,
WHEREAS, the City’s code enforcement actions achieve a high degree of success through communication with property owners and dissemination of information about the health and safety codes of the City; and,
WHEREAS, in a small number of code enforcement cases the City may use progressively aggressive warning letters, notices to abate, and notices of infractions filed with the Municipal Court in order to achieve positive responses from persons responsible for properties that are in violation of the City’s adopted codes; and,
WHEREAS, notwithstanding the efforts described above, the person or persons responsible for the property and building located at 5421 Chicago Ave. SW could not or would not avail themselves of the opportunity to quickly and cooperatively remove public nuisance and dangerous building conditions, consisting of dilapidated and uninhabitable buildings and extensive property maintenance and vehicle storage violations; and,
WHEREAS, based upon a public hearing held on June 21, 2010, it is the finding of the City Council that it was appropriate to expend public funds in the amount of $12,858.03 to abate public nuisances and dangerous buildings located at 5421 Chicago Ave. SW to protect the public health, safety and welfare; and,
WHEREAS, abatement of dangerous buildings and public nuisances and the procedures therefore are specifically enumerated and authorized under LMC 15A.32, under the Uniform Code for the Abatement of Dangerous Buildings, under RCW 35.80.030, and under RCW 7.48, and those procedures were followed in this matter; and,
WHEREAS, as authorized in pertinent codes and statutes, it is appropriate also for the City of Lakewood to seek recovery of fees, compensation for the cost of staff time, and charges expended in abating said nuisances, thereby recovering public funds used in this manner; and,
WHEREAS, an itemized statement of funds expended, and a description of the conditions contained upon the property are set forth in the Report of the Building Official, is identified as Exhibit “A” to this Resolution and the same documents are on file with the Office of the City Clerk.
NOW, THEREFORE, THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF LAKEWOOD, WASHINGTON HEREBY RESOLVES, as Follows:
Section 1. That in protecting the public health, safety and welfare, it was necessary to abate nuisance conditions and dangerous buildings upon property located at 5421 Chicago Ave. within the City of Lakewood, Washington. It is further appropriate to certify and confirm the assessment of charges for this abatement against the property, recording charges in the amount $12,858.03 on the county tax assessment rolls, and thereafter creating a special assessment against and a lien upon the property for this amount. Further, upon the passage of this resolution and thirty (30) days, as allowed under the Uniform Code for the Abatement of Dangerous Buildings, the special assessment shall bear interest at the rate of twelve (12) percent per year from and after that date.
Section 2. That this Resolution shall be in full force and effect upon passage and signatures hereon.
PASSED by the City Council this 6th day of July , 2010.
CITY OF LAKEWOOD
Douglas G. Richardson, Mayor
Alice M. Bush, MMC, City Clerk
Approved as to Form:
Heidi Ann Wachter, City Attorney
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