ST. PAUL (Nov. 7, 2011) — Capital City Business Council and Saint Paul’s Department of Safety and Inspections reached a historic milestone Monday at its regularly scheduled quarterly meeting hosted by CCBC President Eva Ng at the 10 River Park Plaza Office.
Also in attendance were Director of DSI – Ricardo Cervantes, Assistant Fire Marshal – Phillip Owens, Fire Inspector – A J Neis, Chair of CCBC’s Real Estate, Inspections, and Taxes (REIT) Subcommittee – Andy Noble, Co-Chair of CCBC’s REIT Subcommittee and Property Owner – Mark Nedoroski, Vice-President of CCBC and property owner – David Roering, President of The Tax Payers League a, former House Rep, and property owner – Phil Krinkie, former MN Lawmaker – Carl Jacobson, CCBC Membership Director – Jennette Gudgel, and five more prominent Saint Paul property owners.
After a protracted dialog since their first meeting held at a favorite Saint Paul coffee shop, Nina’s, on February 8, 2011, CCBC and DSI have arrived at an approved survey named “DSI Fire Inspection Survey”, an instrument designed to offer Saint Paul Property Owners a channel of communications to give feedback to DSI management after receiving an inspection. The feedback mailed back to DSI will become public record and may be used as an aspect of accountability.
Property owners present at the meeting were delighted. They have long waited for a tone of “reasonableness” from DSI. This step shows that Director Cervantes and his team intend to make improvements in their interface with Saint Paul property owners. The good news didn’t stop there. Mr. Phil Owens came equipped with information on Landlord Training, a Residential Pre-Inspection Checklist, and the Point System of Code Requirements for Residential Properties.
With these new tools, CCBC can really advocate for the property owners of Saint Paul. Going forward, CCBC will address with DSI the Inspections Appeals Process. The next meeting is set for February 7, 2012.
Director Cervantes is looking forward to commenting. He may be reached at 651-266-9990. Contact CCBC President Eva Ng at 651-398-7000; CCBC REIT Chair Andy Noble at 952-250-7813, or CCBC REIT Co-Chair Mark Nedoroski at 651-308-1088.
Capital City Business Council is a registered 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization founded in 2008 to give a consolidated voice to micro, small, and midsized bussinesses in Saint Paul and surrounding areas to address the business climate in Saint Paul and nearby. Its Board Members and Officers are volunteers.