BAXTER -- The city of Baxter will step in to finish a house on Cedardale Lane that has been under construction since 1998.
The Baxter City Council Tuesday approved calling a $50,000 letter of credit that Terry Kinder, the owner of the home, took out at the behest of the city to finish his house.
With the calling of the letter the city will hire a contractor to finish the work on the house. The city council also approved pursuing any nuisance zoning ordinance violations on the Kinder property. Kinder will be assessed all construction, cleanup and administrative costs.
Baxter City Planner Todd Holman visited the Kinder home Friday and reported the construction progress to the city council. Some of what the city wanted Kinder to complete in March was done, but several items, such as a completely shingled roof and brick siding on all walls, weren't finished.
Also at issue was the look of the property, as Kinder was storing cement mixers in his back yard and snowmobiles in his front yard.
Several homeowners were also at Tuesday's meeting to speak against Kinder's house.
"He's not doing what you told him to do and we're sick and tired of looking at it (the house)," said Cedardale Lane resident Jim Owens.
In March the city authorized a letter be sent to Kinder stating he would put up a $50,000 letter of credit with the city and complete construction of the house within 60 days.
The house has been under construction since 1998, but residents and council members were upset that the construction was incomplete and posed a safety hazard. After the March meeting Kinder had worked to complete the house, and Baxter City Attorney Brad Larson said Tuesday it appeared most of the safety concerns had been alleviated.
The city council extended the timeline for construction after Kinder's step-father told the council the house would be completed by July 1.
Council member Darrell Olson said Kinder broke the agreement between his step-father and the city and hoped direct action would be taken by the council and the city.
"It comes to the point where enough is enough," Olson said. "He's violating the gentleman's agreement that he would clean it up. Instead he's pulled two snowmobiles and a swing set into his front yard."
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