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Longmont Code Enforcement Grapples with Violations at Rothrock Place Properties

January 9, 2019
A recreational vehicle surrounded by a yard filled with discarded items is seen Tuesday in the 100 Block of Rothrock Place in Longmont.

Longmont code enforcement is “in a catch-22” with a property east of Main Street that may be running an illegal park for recreational vehicles.

That’s because the city can only fine the property owner for violating code, but in this case, it’s not clear who legally owns the property.

The lots on 104, 108 and 112 Rothrock Place, as well as an unnumbered lot behind 112 Rothrock Place, have been a problem for code enforcement for years, according to Shannon Stadler, the supervisor of the department. While the office has received complaints before about junk and debris on the property, they’ve recently gotten complaints about people illegally living in RVs on the property.

Stadler said they are sure people are living in at least two RVs in the area of 112 Rothrock Place. At 108 Rothrock Place, there is another RV where someone also appears to be living.

Besides not being licensed or zoned properly to hold an RV camp, Stadler worries about where the owners of the RVs are dumping their black water tanks, which collect the waste from RV toilets.

Code enforcement also previously has dealt with the condition of the property, which is littered with debris and junk. The former Inskeep repair shop, as well as a small shed, are in disrepair. Multiple vehicles with expired plates are visible from the road, which is also a code violation.

There’s also a Dumpster on the property, which Stadler said appeared this summer, a sign that the property owners are trying to clean up.

But, regarding the RV park, code enforcement has few options for resolving the issue, Stadler said.

The property owner can be fined for violating code. If the code isn’t paid, it would then become a tax lien. But the four lots already have more than $100,000 in tax liens, she said.

The department plans to send a notice of violation and see if it gets a response. If there’s no response, it will then issue a summons to the property owner to go to municipal court.

This is where the department runs into trouble, Stadler said.

“It’s not clear who legally owns the property,” she said. According to records from the Boulder County Assessor’s Office, all four lots are owned by the estate of Mary Inskeep, who is dead, Stadler said.

Her daughter, Mary Ann McFall, lived at the home at 104 Rothrock Place and was the last person summoned for code violations on the property. She cleaned the property up as much as she could, Stadler said, but later got sick and died in 2017, according to an obituary published in the Times-Call.

Drawing from property records, it’s unclear who has taken ownership of the property now, Stadler said, though it’s likely family.

Moving forward, Stadler said that code enforcement plans to meet with city staff to devise a better enforcement plan.

“We’re not going to stop trying to enforce there,” she said. “We’re going to do everything that we legally can do.”

Madeline St. Amour: 303-684-5212, mstamour@prairiemountainmedia.com

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