Wapello City Council’s dangerous building ordinance Dean Jensen

WAPELLO – The owner of several buildings in downtown Wapello that have been declared hazardous by the city again failed to meet with the City Council during its latest meeting Thursday.

The absence of Dean Jensen of Letts, at least the fourth since repair work began on some of the buildings, prompted city officials to assure citizens that the city remained focused on forcing Jensen to complete the repairs.

According to previous reports and online records, Jensen has faced numerous charges and indictments related to allegations by city officials that he failed to repair several buildings the city previously identified as dangerous.

He pleaded guilty to two counts of failure to comply with the city’s hazardous building ordinance on Oct. 15, 2021. Those charges involved the former city hall building at 337 N. Second St.

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