First off, our apologies to all our neighbors who didn't hear about our October 1st meeting topic online or by email. The turnaround time for the postcard we prepared was considerably longer than expected. We vow to see that future meeting topics are communicated more broadly in a timely fashion.
For those who were unable to attend, we hope the below audio recording of the panel discussion will be informative and helpful. If you have a specific property you are concerned about, you may contact Farrokh Azmoudeh from the Minneapolis Problem Properties Unit at (612) 673-2233.
Oct 2014 Problem Properties Panel Audio (MP3): Listen/download here
Outline of discussion and audio timeline
1. What should a neighbor do when they notice a property is not being maintained?
2. What should a neighbor do when they encounter a property that displays chronic offenses in not maintaining upkeep? (4:00)
3. What should a neighbor do when facing a conflict with another neighbor that can't be resolved? (18:54)
4. What are the criteria for sending a police officer to a house for noise? (24:35)
5. Would the city consider revising the inspection plan to accommodate conditions supporting wildlife and pollinators in our neighborhood? (28:01)
6. What should a neighbor do about a vacant property? (30:40)
7. What are VBR (vacant building registry) fees for? (41:57)
8. How much sway does the Regulatory Services department have over updating ordinances? (48:38)
9. Who is hired by the city to address nuisances? (53:45)
10. Is there any avenue to get a truly problematic, home-owning neighbor to move? (57:19)
11. Does the Regulatory Services department use arbitrators? (1:00:08)
12. What should a neighbor do about neighbors who are generally not available for conversations? (1:00:40)
13. Could you elaborate on animal welfare problems? (1:02:22)
14. What if a neighbor is hesitant to call about a property? (1:04:48)
15. Does the department track calls initiated by neighbors versus regular inspections? (1:08:14)
16. If a 311 call appears not to result in any action, what should you do to keep up with what is happening? (1:12:17)