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Mason City seeks code enforcement manager

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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