Flurry of notices sent to homeowners in Bellevue neighborhood

WOWT 6 News Daybreak at 6
Published: Mar. 18, 2022 at 5:45 PM CDT|Updated: Mar. 20, 2022 at 5:28 PM CDT
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BELLEVUE, Neb. (WOWT) - Dozens of frustrated homeowners are questioning why the city sent out a flurry of code violation letters.

Becky Hansen received a repair order earlier this year after an anonymous resident of Fontenelle Hills reported that a walk past her house could turn into a trip.

“This is a walking neighborhood — I get it,” Hansen said in February. “But was it a general complaint like someone complained the sidewalks in this whole neighborhood are a mess?”

No. Rather, the city is obligated to make inspections.

“One individual lives in the neighborhood (and) apparently walks the entire neighborhood, and over the course of the last year has found and filed complaints on 130 situations in the neighborhood,” said Doug Clark, Bellevue Public Works director.

One person.

“This is like a half-inch above the lip and if someone can trip over it, I’m required to fix it,” homeowner Tanya Javadi said.

But the city sent out a total of 70 violation notices for overhanging branches and sidewalk hazards.

All the homeowners receiving violation notices had to sign for registered mail, but the public works director said not to read more into it.

“Don’t take it as a major infraction. Take it as it’s time to communicate with the city, and let’s work through this,” Clark said.

Homeowners 6 News talked with said they want to be good neighbors and keep the property they’re responsible for safe. But someone going around the neighborhood documenting 130 possible code violations and sending those to the city doesn’t seem so neighborly.

“I wish he would of came to us first and let us get involved try to take care of these issues between neighbors instead of getting the city involved,” said Rich Casey with Fontenelle Hills HOA.

The tree-lined streets of Fontenelle Hills make for a pleasant walk, and now there’s plenty of talk about hazard complaints that 70 neighbors are paying to correct.

“If somebody made a complaint I don’t know why they just didn’t come to me,” Javadi said.

The public works director told 6 News that the city will be flexible on deadlines if homeowners make a good faith effort to hire someone for repairs.

The contractor posted a sign at the entrance to the neighborhood after he says a homeowner told him about the city notices.

By the way, Bellevue paid $7.50 for each violation notice to be sent by registered mail. That’s a total cost to taxpayers of more than $500.

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