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Audit unveils long list of mishandled complaints for west Louisville building that collapsed, killing 1 man

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- On July 22, 71-year-old John Dozier died as the front of the Les's Meat Market building collapsed on top of him. 

And along with sorrow, there was outrage.

"He didn't need to be working there," said Jacqueline Whitaker, Dozier's fiancee. "It was too dangerous."

"A lot of people in the community have had serious concerns about the safety of that building over the past several years," said Jerald Muhammad, a family friend.

In fact, WDRB discovered there had been 100 violations registered against the property at 28th Street and Grand Avenue since 2014.

Even Metro councilwoman Jessica Green said she expressed her concerns about the property three months before that collapse and got nowhere.

"People ought to be respected when they make complaints, those complaints ought to be investigated, and if they're not, then somebody ought to give us some real answers," Green said. "Because I've got a real problem with that."

Green then called for an audit that included Metro Codes and Regulations, Develop Louisville, Louisville Fire and the Metro Health Department, to find out why the city failed to address the problems.

Now, the results have been made public, and it finds a long list of issues when it came to handling complaints about the property.

Among them, that policies and procedures "did not include guidelines for communicating and/or coordinating with other Louisville Metro Departments when potential violations are identified"... instances in which it "could not be determined if notice was provided to the property owner"... inspections and follow-up inspections "not performed within 60 days of the initial inspection"...  and "no guidelines to determine the extent to which deadlines should be extended." 

The report finds compliance deadlines for Les's Meat Market were extended multiple times.

So what happens now?  The audit makes a number of recommendations.  

They include developing a policy regarding coordination and communications between Metro Government departments, documenting guidelines regarding the time frame and criteria for follow-up inspections and developing written guidelines to specify the progress that must be achieved or the criteria for extensions to be granted.

All of the agencies involved in the audit say they will follow all of the recommended changes.

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