Sen. Oletha Faust-Goudeau has made little progress repairing a house once owned by her mother that is now in her name, the city's inspections superintendent says.
She also hasn't paid $500 in fines, leading the city to send them to a collection agency, superintendent Kurt Schroeder said Friday.
The Eagle reported in July that the city had opened three housing and property violation cases against the home in the past five years but had agreed to defer fines and give Faust-Goudeau more time to bring the house up to code.
Faust-Goudeau, a Democrat, is running for a seat on the Sedgwick County Commission, hoping to represent District 4 in the northern part of the county.
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The home on East Eighth Street was registered in 2007 with the city as a neglected building. Faust-Goudeau said Friday she was working toward bringing the home into compliance.
She has paid $250 in fines but still owes $500, records show. The city's neglected- building ordinance allows for a $250 fine every 90 days. Schroeder said that another $250, which would bring the outstanding total to $750, could be due Oct. 19 if the house is not brought into compliance by then.
Faust-Goudeau said she was not aware that the city had sent the account to collections.
The city has had various housing or property condition cases open against the house at 2461 E. Eighth since 2005. Faust-Goudeau said in July that she had been emotionally unable to deal with the house because her mother lived there before she died in 2001. The house was damaged by a fire in 2007.
Schroeder said Faust-Goudeau has "cleared off some trees and cut brush and cleaned (the property) a little bit more. In terms of building repairs, nothing's been done other than a little bit of repair to a window."
Faust-Goudeau said an inspector toured the property Friday and another inspection is scheduled for Oct. 25.
She said she does not consider it accurate that little progress had been made bringing the home into compliance.
Faust-Goudeau said she didn't learn until recently that a $250 fine accrues every 90 days a property is on the city's register of neglected houses.