Fort Pierre City Council Appoints Attorney Randy Seiler To Address Code Violations

(KCCR) — The Fort Pierre City Council has appointed Randy Seiler to deal with violations of city nuisance codes. The city is looking for a more direct route in addressing nuisance properties and code violation issues. Public Works Director Rick Hahn and his staff handle such issues now. He’s consulted with many parties including the Pierre Police Department Code Enforcement Officer and says appointing a dedicated person may get others to comply on their own…

“He’s seen just that same prospect when he goes around to a neighborhood, cites a few people, gets them moving.  They clean up their property and it just snowballs from that point on.  They’ve seen some big improvements in a lot of neighborhoods  and we’re hoping that same impact over here.”
Hahn says they’ve had six vacant and dangerous home notices go out in the last year. Two of those have been addressed by owners but one home is about to be demolished and three more instances are headed for Court. Council member Mike Weisgram supports the idea…

“Yeah, I don’t know if you get it, but I, I definitely get the phone calls from people that are fed up with how some buildings looks and cars sitting around them and that type of thing.  If this is what it’s gonna take to move things, I’m for it.”
Council member Larry Cronin thought the city could handle the issue…

“At this time I’m not for hiring somebody; Randy Seiler is a very good person, very forceful person.  At this time there’s no budget for it for ’19 anyway and I feel we can do it with the staff and the police department that we have, so at this time I’m not for it.”
Another reason for seeking Seiler as an independent contractor to address the issues was current staff not having time to keep pressure on violators. After a 20-minute executive session Cronin had a change of opinion…

“I agree with what’s been brought forth.  A lot of questions answered and I’m all for (to) getting this person on board and going with cleaning up things that need to be cleaned up.”
The contract with Seiler is for six months from October to April of 2020.