Vadnais Heights residents say neighbor's house is literally a dump

There's a bunch of junk collecting on a 2-acre nuisance property in Vadnais Heights, Minn. The city can't find the owner to serve abatement papers, and neighbors just hope someone cleans up the dump. TAP TO VIEW PHOTOS

Steven Gaida said his next door neighbor's back yard has turned into a dumping ground. Behind a massive foreclosed house on the 3600 of Edgerton Street, there's broken construction equipment, piles of tires, and trash littering the 2-acre property. There's so much to cover, Vadnais Heights councilman Bob Fletcher did not have time to give a tour of the entire site.

It has become a home for vermin, and adding to the health hazard, there's a back yard coop with a chicken carcass. It has apparently been in this condition for the past 8 years, the last 4 being the worst, so after multiple complaints, the City Council asked the Ramsey County sheriff's office to investigate, and determined it a nuisance property.

The city said the current owner, Maria Vivaldo is responsible for the cleanup, but they still can't find her, delaying the accountability process. Former owner Jeffery Jacobsen, a contractor who transferred the property to Vivaldo this year, stopped by on Tuesday but took off without comment. While Jacobsen may no longer own the property, all the stuff is his and he has already been fined several times for not cleaning it up, even arrested and charged this January for similar violations.

Jacobsen is looking at jury trial in couple of weeks to deal with those ordinance violation charges, but the city continues to search for Vivaldo.

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