FAIRFIELD — A special property tax assessment of $49,170 is proposed to cover code enforcement at a residential property where the city says 59 tires, more than 100 bicycles and bike parts, along with four inoperable vehicles were stored – and debris, dead trees, old oil-based paint cans and other materials were removed.
A new fence was also installed on the property at 274 Daphne Drive, according to a city staff report that recommends the Fairfield City Council adopt a resolution that the Solano County Tax Assessor, through a special assessment against the property tax, reimburse the city for its costs.
A neighbor complained in October 2012 about conditions at the site. Code enforcement officials found problems that included overgrown landscape, an inoperable vehicle located in the driveway, inoperable vehicles in the yard, a dilapidated fence and accumulated junk, according to a city report.
Vegetation had to be cleared to removed vehicles stored in the backyard and during the abatement the city said it discovered hazardous materials of old oil-based paint cans, some of which leaked out of containers and on to the ground.
Solano County Superior Court Judge Scott Kays issued a nuisance abatement warrant in June 2013 at the request of the city. The warrant allowed the city to enter the exterior of the property to abate violations.
A hearing to abate a public nuisance occurred in February 2013 at the property, where the couple who own the site refused access to the back and side yards, according to the city.
The $49,170 represents the cost of code enforcement, including $8,172 for city staff time.
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