Following a presentation from city staff, council authorized bylaw services to contact the owner of the property at 7003 Adam Drive and order the demolition and removal of the structure and clean up the property. Should this remediation not be completed by April 30, the city will complete the work and bill back the property owner by way of property taxes.
Council also authorized the city to notify the property owner that he will be charged for future call-outs by the RCMP, fire department, and city Bylaw Services. This cost recovery has never before been applied in the dity.
This action follows several months of complaints about the conditions present at the location and safety concerns from neighbours and public safety officials. According to the report presented to council:
On March 6, 2020, Bylaw Services responded to a noise complaint at 7003 Adam Drive. Multiple people were observed to be occupying this residence. Through the course of this initial investigation, bylaw services became aware that the occupants of this residence were known to the police. The property was also noted at this point to be unsightly as it was littered with debris and derelict vehicles.
The owner, Ian Peters, was contacted by telephone at least six times with voicemail messages being left each time. Numerous attempts to contact Peters were also made by way of messages left with a tenant (this tenant was known to be a prolific offender in the city of Prince George). No response was received from the property owner, Ian Peters.
On April 6, 2020, it was confirmed that this property was in foreclosure. This civil process was unfortunately delayed due to the restrictions of COVID-19.
On April 16, 2020, a notice was forwarded to the property owner and Spruce Credit Union by mail. No response was received from the property owner. However, the occupants of the residence did make a minimal effort to clean up the property. Regardless of this effort, the property remained unsightly.
On April 30, 2020, an order was sent to the property owner by registered mail. An additional copy of the order as well as two bylaw offence notices totalling $400 in fines was also sent via regular mail. The property owner never acknowledged these documents.
The occupants of the property did request a two week extension to complete the required remediation. This extension was granted. On May 16, 2020, the property was inspected by bylaw services and deemed satisfactory.
On August 18, 2020, the property was again inspected and was again deemed unsightly. Information gathering by bylaw services suggested the foreclosure process was near completion and therefore the occupants would be evicted and the problems would ultimately be resolved.
Between August 10, 2020 and December 15, 2020, there were multiple complaints from Canada Post about the dangerous and at-large dogs that were residing at 7003 Adam Drive. These dogs had charged the postal workers on multiple occasions resulting in termination of mail service to the neighbourhood. Animal control officers investigated this matter and mail delivery service was finally restored in mid-December 2020.
On February 4, 2021, the RCMP advised bylaw services that the property at 7003 Adam Drive was vacant. Bylaw officers attended and confirmed this. The property had been abandoned and left insecure. There was a large amount of debris all over the property as well as 17 derelict vehicles. Due to the resulting public safety hazard, a “board up” order was served on the owner of the property. This service was completed by leaving a copy of the order attached to the door of the trailer.
Subsequently the property was secured. To date there has been absolutely no contact with the owner of this property. It is believed that the property owner has completely abandoned the property
The property has also been visited by police on numerous occasions and the property owner has been uncompliant with requests to deal with the nuisance activities and unsanitary conditions on the property.