Archive for Wednesday, March 7, 2001

City hopes to resolve apartment problems

March 7, 2001

Tonganoxie's city administrator said Tuesday that he's cautiously optimistic that the owners of Cedar Ridge apartments will correct any life-safety problems.

Chris Clark, city administrator, said he and the city building inspector met last week with First Management officials to talk about tenants' concerns. Numerous complaints have surfaced about maintenance at the complex, since a Feb. 14 fire destroyed a fourplex at Cedar Ridge.

"They have made a commitment to the city, that they said they would give us in writing, to resolve the life-safety issues that are present at that facility," Clark said. "The electrical study that's being done is not complete yet. Once that's complete, they will sit down with Tim Pinnick (building inspector) and go through the resolution of those issues."

In addition, the city has prepared a summary of the complaints that tenants provided to the city.

Among those attending the meeting were Doug Compton, owner of First Management, Lawrence, as well as Todd Thompson, the firm's attorney.

"They did express an interest in resolving the matter and improving the relationship with the city and the tenants," Clark said.

He's hopeful the city council would meet in a work session later this month to discuss changing the city's building codes and life-safety codes.

Clark said First Management officials said they plan to demolish the fourplex and rebuild it.

"Right now, it is in the hands of the insurance company," Clark said. "Once the insurance company turns it back to them, they can do something with it."

He said he hopes to receive the letter of commitment soon.

"I am cautiously optimistic that things will be resolved in a timely fashion," Clark said.

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