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Richmond homeowner faces $11,088 cleanup bill

This Richmond house has been flagged for cleanup by the city
This Richmond house has been flagged for cleanup by the city's bylaws department.
— image credit: City of Richmond photo

It might be ideal for an episode of Canadian Pickers, but not--according to the city’s bylaws department--for a residential neighbourhood.

At a special meeting of city council at 4 p.m. Monday, staff will recommend an order be issued to clean up a residential property in the Odlin neighbourhood.

Bylaws staff say a large amount of “discarded materials” have piled up at 4640 Carter Dr., including household items, plywood, wood, garbage bags, paint cans, boxes and tarps. Staff also say illegal structures have been built on the sides of the house that extend to the fences.

After receiving a complaint May 1, bylaws staff found the property to be in contravention of the unsightly premises regulation bylaw. City hall gave owner Sam Sheng Fu Tsai, of Grand Prairie, Alta., one month to clean up the property. But after a number of extensions of the deadline, staff noted the property still had an excess of materials and structures.

Staff are now recommending council contract a disposal company to clean up the mess and bill the owner for the $11,088 cleanup cost.

 

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