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IoW N o,~ MEETING DATE: 9/20/10 <br />«` ITEM NO: <br />~o~ 05 COUNCIL AGENDA REPORT <br />DATE: SEPTEMBER 9, .2010 <br />TO: MAYOR AND TOWN COUNCIL ~ A,A~ J <br />FROM: MAZARIN A. VAKHARIA, DEPUTY TOWN ATTORNEY J~~ " <br />SUBJECT: 100 LONGMEADOW DRIVE <br />.RECOMMENDATION: <br />ADOPT A RESOLUTION TO DECLARE THE CONDITION OF TIIE REAL PROPERTY AT 100 <br />LONGMEADOW DRIVE A PUBLIC NUISANCE <br />BACKGROUND: <br />The condition of the property at 100 Longmeadow Drive poses an immediate risk to health and public <br />safety. The property contains large amounts of wood, dry vegetation, and equipment, which provide fuel <br />for a fire. The pool, which contains mosquito-eating fish, is not completely enclosed by a fence. The. <br />property is currently in foreclosure, has not been inhabited for over a year, and has been scheduled for <br />an auction sale. <br />Town staff began working with the property owners in 2009. Between July and September 2009, Town <br />Code Enforcement personnel worked with the owners to correct numerous Town Code violations. The <br />property owner made initial improvements, such as removing large landscaping equipment and cutting <br />some weeds. However, numerous violations of the Town Code and California Fire Code remain. The <br />owners then vacated the property and surrendered possession to a lender. <br />On' September 23, 2D09, the Town issued an administrative citation for violations of the Los Gatos <br />Town Code and the California Fire Code. From September 2009 to August 2010, Town staff lost all <br />contact with the property owners. <br />The Town Attorney's Office became involved in the matter in June 2010, after Code Enforcement <br />personnel could not contact the property owner. On July 28, 2010, neighbors met with Town staff to <br />describe the urgent need to remove the fire hazard and secure the property, especially the pool. 1n <br />response, Town staff cut weeds along the public right of way, but could not legally enter the property to <br />alleviate all other dangers. <br />PREPARED BY: MAZARIN A. VAKFIARIA, DEPUTY TOWN ATTORNEY <br />C:\Users\nwakharia\Deskfop\Longmeadow\Town Council Staff Report:doc <br />Reviewed by: Town Manager Assistant Town Manager <br />Clerk Administrator Finance Community Development <br />