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Home upkeep rules may change in Farmington

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Farmington Minnesota P.O. Box 192 / 312 Oak St. 55024

Failure to finish an exterior housing project could lead to misdemeanor charges against the homeowner if a new city code amendment is approved by the Farmington City Council.

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That approval may be a few months off yet, but negligent homeowners may want to start those siding projects sooner rather than later because they'll be charged if the new property maintenance code gets the nod from council members.

Farmington assistant city planner Tony Wippler introduced the code language at Tuesday's Planning Commission meeting. It was, he said, the first step in the process of receiving comment and restructuring content. Farmington City Council members have asked for rules regarding property maintenance, and the code presented this week will fill that request.

The code language designates the city's building official as the responsible authority when it comes to determining whether homeowners are being negligent in the upkeep of their property. Should the building official determine a home is in violation of the code, he or she will send a notice, in writing, to the homeowner. A correction order will be included, as well as a timeline for the work to be completed.

As presented this week, the code would make it a misdemeanor if the homeowner did not complete the designated work within the timeline given by the city's building official. Additional offenses could be added for each day the homeowner continued to neglect the work.

Wippler said there are nuances to the code that will still need to be worked out through the planning commission or the city council.

"We've been working as a staff to get something in place everybody can agree on. That's one of the main challenges with this type of code," Wippler said. "I want them to have the opportunity to review it, find what they like and find what they don't like so I can get a better understanding of what they want to see in the code."

The code addition will fall under the city's residential performance standards.

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