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Mason City seeks code enforcement manager


This news story was published on December 13, 2016.
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Former Snell’s building in Mason City that was torn down in 2014 after deteriorating over a number of years

MASON CITY – City hall appears to be making some kind of effort to clean up the town, as it is now seeking a code enforcement manager that will be paid nearly $28 an hour.

The City of Mason City is currently taking applications for the position of Code Enforcement Manager within its Development Services department. According to the job description, “this hands-on position manages activities and staff related to zoning, housing, rental, and nuisance abatement inspections, compliance and enforcement, in addition to performing such inspections. We are looking for a manager with the demonstrated ability to welcome input, value problem solving and develop of partnerships within the community.”

Knowledge of municipal codes and experience in code enforcement is essential, city hall says. The job hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm, varied as needed, and the hourly rate starts at $27.81 per hour.

A common sight in Mason City is beat-up, run-down properties that the city ignores, like this garage next to the Globe Gazette (which has also seen better days)

One Mason City resident who has watched the town over the years remarked “River City looks worse than ever, except for the mayor’s neighborhood.  He sure cleared away all those slummy properties since he took office.  Too bad the crime is off the charts over there.  The rest of the town looks like hell.  What has he done in 7 years?”

Recently, city hall and police have embarked on a concerted “city-wide cleanup” effort with dozens of notices being served about town to alleged lawbreakers. NIT is told common violations include: junk, junk vehicles, brush piles, parking, zoning violations, unregistered rentals, rental code violations.

The same Mason City resident remarked “I told city hall about a number of run-down, abhorrent junk holes that people actually live in and asked them to take action.  One in particular is owned by a rich Mercy pharmacist and his dietician wife who live in Asbury.  They sold their highly-visible shack to a KFC worker on contract.  All I get told is ‘we’ll take a look’.  Who knows if they ever do.”

This old armory in downtown Mason City is allegedly slated for demolition. City hall told NIT “the sidewalks near the building have been closed due to concerns about the stucco siding breaking off the building and causing a hazard to pedestrians.”  It sat dilapidated for years.

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18 Responses to Mason City seeks code enforcement manager

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    Dick Neely Reply Report comment

    December 14, 2016 at 7:15 am

    The city should hire some out of towner, with no related experience what so ever. Somebody who enjoys drinking at the local breweries daily, somebody with a sugar mama wife. That sounds like a good fit!

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    bodacious Reply Report comment

    December 13, 2016 at 5:09 pm

    So, why don’t one of you whiner’s offer to do the job at 1/2 of that salary? Maybe, if you were qualified, they might consider you. I am no fan of the current administration but certain things need to be done in this town to improve it. They aren’t free.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      December 13, 2016 at 5:36 pm

      Why don’t you take it? You work cheap don’t you?

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    December 13, 2016 at 11:29 am

    I hear that Bozo the Clown and Ronald McDonald may be available for the city position?

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    Katie Reply Report comment

    December 13, 2016 at 11:01 am

    It takes 3 people to replace one excellent woman.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    December 13, 2016 at 9:49 am

    Pat’s retirement will result in over 3 jobs being developed. All $28.00 an hour. Transit duties, she also manages Animal Control, Animal Shelter, Code Enforcement and Housing Inspection function.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      December 13, 2016 at 4:48 pm

      That probably means she was getting paid to much, if they can afford to hire three to replace her.

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    the real fred Reply Report comment

    December 13, 2016 at 9:40 am

    Wonder which of the mayor’s buddies will get this cushy over-paid position? Cronyism lives on.

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    Bonny Reply Report comment

    December 13, 2016 at 9:15 am

    I always wondered what that building was the old armory,yes mason city does need cleaned up ,ive lived here bout 51 yrs out of my 54 yrs,born here even, its sad to come back to my home town that i use to love and could trust walking down the streets anytime of the day or night,now im never want to go out at night,lets clean up this town and be proud to call it home again!

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    December 13, 2016 at 8:45 am

    Thats’s the Demorat answer — more government – 28.00 per hour + health benefits + Retirement/pension fund – plus truck/gas/office – secretary = more like $100.00 PER HOUR.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      December 13, 2016 at 8:57 am

      This is not a new position. It is a replacement for Pat Otto.

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        December 13, 2016 at 9:47 am

        Pat’s retirement will result in over 3 jobs being developed. All $28.00 an hour. Transit duties, she also manages Animal Control, Animal Shelter, Code Enforcement and Housing Inspection function.

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          Anonymous Reply Report comment

          December 13, 2016 at 12:59 pm

          Didn’t know that.

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            Anonymous

            December 14, 2016 at 2:45 pm

            Three jobs won’t be created. No extra jobs are being created. If they hire someone from outside the department for the new job, they have to lay someone off. They will be hiring a transit manager to do that part of Pat’s job.

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    Allen Reply Report comment

    December 13, 2016 at 7:52 am

    It’s a lose, lose situation for all. When buildings/homes are torn down, the city looses tax money. Take a guess at who picks up that loss. This town is deteriorating and nobody cares.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      December 13, 2016 at 8:02 am

      Most of them don’t need to be torn down. A little repair and they would be good to go. The slum lords won’t spend a penny they don’t have to. They would rather renters live in filth than spend their money.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    December 13, 2016 at 7:49 am

    The downtown area look good, but the rest of the city is trashed out and has just gotten worse over time. The city center is probably the worse. This would be a great job for the mayor as I hear he will be unemployed soon.