Alpena Council Has First Reading of Ordinance on Fire Damaged StructuresTue, 20 Apr 2021 06:02:43 EDT
During their most recent meeting (April 19th), Alpena City Council members had a first reading of an ordinance revision regarding fire damaged structures.
City Manager Rachel Smolinski explained that City staff met over the past 3 months to address health and safety issues related to fire damaged structures within the City of Alpena and seek to provide further protection to the public as well as provide a process to ensure that fire damaged structures are addressed in a timely manner.
Under the potential ordinance, if an occupied or vacant building is damaged by fire, the owner must, within 24 hours, secure the structure, assure that all utilities have been shut off and secured in a safe state and notify the Fire Department of contact information for the owner and tenants if applicable.
Also, if an occupied or vacant building is damaged by fire, the owner must, within 90 days, apply for a permit to start construction or demolition and submit proof of gas line cut and cap along with an asbestos survey. Finally, if an occupied or vacant building is damaged by fire, the owner must, within 180 days, fully demolish and clear the site of debris if the structure is burned beyond repair and or repair the structure to livable condition.
Making one alteration to the ordinance, which was changing the timeline for demolition from 180 to 120 days, council will have a second reading and approval of the ordinance at a future meeting.
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