Although the portable MRI machine was operating illegally and not allowed to be parked at the facility due to zoning regulations, the building department said, Virtual Imaging could have tried to legalize the use of the trailer through a zoning hearing – but approval from the neighbor who made the complaint would have been required and the unsafe electrical installations would have had to be corrected. Danger said getting this approved would’ve been “very difficult.”
Virtual Imaging paid $1,000 for the cost of preparing the agreement and paid six citations, each costing $510. The building department also said Virtual Imaging agreed to pay a lien of about $8,000 once compliance has been met, and will be paying for the building permits needed, which could cost up to a few thousand dollars.
Puig was not available for comment, but a representative of Virtual Imaging said that the company’s troubles with the county began after a neighbor, Armando Soler, got upset when plans Puig and Soler had made to buy his residence didn’t go as intended.
Soler’s residence is next to Virtual Imaging and Puig had thought of purchasing the residence to eventually expand his company. The representative, who identified himself only as “Mr. González,” said that Soler wanted more money than the appraisal came back for and Soler wasn’t interested in any of Puig’s other offers.
Though Soler had talked to Puig about selling his residence to him, he said his complaint to the county had nothing to do with the deal being called off. He said he complained because of a loud “humming sound” emanating from the trailer.
Soler, who has lived in the residence since 1980 and is retired, said the MRI trailer was never shut off, not even during nights or weekends. The noise was affecting his quality of life and disturbing his peace.
“I had no idea any of these other violations were going to surface,” Soler said.
Danger said he was sorry the county hadn’t addressed the safety issues sooner.
“Something like this should have not taken place since 2011,” Danger said. “And, I can give you a bunch of excuses. We are overloaded here. We get 66,000 calls a year of complaints and only have 50 officers, but I’m not going to give you an excuse. We should have done it before, and we didn’t. But at least we’re doing it now.”