LIMA — Lima City Council’s Community and Economic Development Committee continued its review of the city’s property maintenance code Monday, but finished the night no closer to taking any action than it did when it last met in April.
One area that was looked at was tree branches on private property that were blocking the vision of motorists.
Councilman John Neeper, who was not part of the committee but was in the audience, said he wanted some “sort of time frame” where a property owner could be given a specific amount of days to get the problem remediated.
Anthony DiPietro, deputy law director, told Neeper he believed that there was “no grace period” for those kinds of complaints, but added that it needed to be addressed “immediately.” It was Neeper’s interpretation that there was no consistency whether someone was given five, 10 or 12 days to fix the violation.
As council looked at what could be done to increase enforcement there was discussion about what it could cost.
“We already spend, for all of the work we do, we’ll spend a quarter of a million dollars a year to do that work,” said Susan Crotty, community development director for the City of Lima.
The committee wants to better understand the property maintenance code with the goal of ensuring the city’s rental housing is safe for tenants.
The city administration had previously sought a landlord registry, but city council backed away from making that happen.
Whether to potentially bring that back for a discussion is still up in the air.
“I’m OK with not doing a registry, but I want a solution other than that. Doing nothing is unacceptable,” said Carla Thompson, third ward Lima Councilor.
The committee went through several items during the evening, most of it without suggesting any major changes.
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