might be that the lender may allow the short fall to be attached to other properties that the seller owns. Developers and Builders have been doing this for years. Short fall approval is often handled in days if the lender has accurate information on the owners inability to pay.
I believe the city has the capacity to evaluate potential property and access the cost of remedy and I would think they are beyond that point with the contractors who will bid the project. Your approach is one that tries to lead people to believe the city staff just fell off the turnip truck. The city so far has shown a very positive and professional approach to this project so who are you to raise these questions given your obvious lack of knowledge in these matters?
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