By Kent Gray
Triplicate staff writer
Two properties, one filled with junk cars and another with a faulty sewage system, have risen to the top of Crescent City's blight list.
A report to the Crescent City City Council Monday night from City Manager Dave Wells identified the two residential properties because they have moved beyond the notification process and are now being addressed by other means.
"First we have the friendly notification. If that doesn't work, we send a formal letter," Wells said yesterday. "Most of the abatements are resolved during this process."
Two properties, out of a total of 78 separate complaints, are currently being acted upon by city and county officials, Wells said.
A two-story residential property owned by Michael Cooper, of Crescent City, at 704 G Street with a defective sewer-transfer system has been vacated while the city and the Del Norte County Health Department push for a cleanup.
"The renters are out of the building and it is no longer available or on the market until the problem is rectified," Wells said.
Another residential property reached the final stage under the city's ┬Ĺnuisance ordinance' and was declared a nuisance by the Planning Commission at its last meeting. This property at 635/637 Eighth Street, owned by Ahmad Reza, of San Ramon, Calif., is considered blighted because of "junk cars and other debris," Wells said.
City staff said their communication in regard to the property has been with Kamyar Reza. Both the Rezas and Cooper could not be reached for comment yesterday.
Former Councilmember C. Ray Smith, who left office this week, had pushed city staff to go after landowners primarily in the business areas along Highway 101. Wells said communication is continuing with these landlords.
"The property with the (nonfunctional) Exxon sign was put on hold because of all the political signs during the election," Wells said. "We will be recontacting him soon."