Linda Zook stood on a sheet of ice Wednesday morning and held the extension ladder for her husband, Albert, to ascend to the top of a new porch on their building at 614 1/2 Central Ave.
They have resolved to remove the porch behind the building after Zook's appearance Monday in Otoe County Court, where he was told to remedy building code violations in two weeks or face a fine of $100 a day.
Zook said he obtained a building permit for the porch, but the city brought a nuisance charge against him in court noting deficiencies in construction.
The roof rafters, rather than a continuous board, have splices that run the length of the roof. The 4x4 wood supports are not anchored at least 42 inches into the ground, but basically sit on the surface. The concrete bases poured on the ground around the posts have cracked or have been knocked away.
Linda Zook said she expects to re-open her Thrifty Treasurers store at the location, but said she can set a timetable for the re-opening because of building code scrutiny.
At the court hearing, Albert Zook said a contractor is working on code issues inside of the building. Materials are being added to provide a fire separation from the basement to the first floor.
The Zooks have filled out an application to construct steps and railing for the back door and hope to have a building permit issued next week.