The move will require the city to dip into its general reserves, but council members expressed confidence in expanding the consulting deal after city employees outlined plans to scale down consultant staffing as more homes were rebuilt and as rebuild activity tapered off.
"You guys have been walking the talk," Mayor
The expansion to the
Most of the 699 destroyed homes that were not in the rebuild process as of mid-November are in the Fountaingrove area, according to city data. More than 150 of those inactive sites have been sold to other individuals, investors or home builders, leaving about 75% still in possession of the owner of record as of
Meanwhile, inspection activity -- dramatically higher than staff estimates -- peaked at 4,263 in March before dipping to roughly 3,500 in October as part of 56,000 documented inspections, according to city staff. City documents indicate staff expected about 1,750 inspections over the first two years of the contract, and it was unclear why the actual number of inspections was about 30 ?times the projection.
As Tuesday's council meeting wrapped up, a Facebook post undercutting the idea that the city's rebuilding efforts were proceeding smoothly gained traction on a
Dozens of supportive people commented on the post by a rebuilding homeowner,
"The city has been more rude, difficult and flat-out negligent than even our nightmare insurance journey," wrote Keys, who became
Keys could not be reached for comment Tuesday night.
Schwedhelm, the mayor, said he'd been in touch with Keys, a friend of his, and that he was hoping to get more information Wednesday.
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