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The city of Burnaby wants the owner of an unsightly mess at 7609 Coldicutt St. to clean it up. Or city crews will move in and do it themselves.

The mess includes overgrown vegetation, domestic garbage, furniture, used building materials, personal belongings and two derelict vehicles. Two outbuildings and two decks on the property are also in disrepair and have collapsed.

Acting on a complaint, city inspectors visited the property on Feb. 28 and compliance letters were mailed to the owner on March 5 and April 8. Another letter was delivered by hand on April 29. City staff, along with a coordinator from Fraser Health, even talked with the owner in person, without success.

Burnaby's engineering department estimates cleaning up the property will cost about $22,000, which would be billed to its owner. If that bill isn't paid by the end of the year, it's added to the owner's property taxes.

 

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