Saturday Sep 23, 2023

Bucyrus Ohio council, landlords debate property maintenance ordinance

A crew from G.M.C. Excavation and Trucking of Galion loads up debris after demolishing a home at 212 Norton Way in October 2019. One goal of proposed property maintenance legislation is to shift the burden of paying for demolition of abandoned homes from taxpayers to the people creating the problem, city law director Rob Ratliff said Tuesday.

After convening Tuesday’s special meeting of the Bucyrus City Council Health and Safety Committee, chairman Kevin Myers suggested a page-by-page review of the proposed property maintenance ordinance.

“My intent tonight is to hear everything you have to say,” he told the handful of people — mostly landlords — who attended the meeting. “If you have a question on Page One, let’s go through Page One.”

They never made it to Page Two.

Over the next 90-plus minutes, the committee members and guests debated everything from the purpose of the legislation and the role of a property maintenance officer to whether owners or occupants should be responsible if property is not properly maintained.

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