Rising Sun abandons property inspections
After getting residents in an uproar, town officials in Rising Sun have quietly abandoned both the property transfers and rental inspections program proposals.
The 60 day window between introduction and passing his pair of ordinances expired and now they've just abandoned it.
"I don't anticipate reintroducing," said Commissioner Dave Warnick, prior to last week's town meeting.
These issues were supposed to be voted on September 27.
In late August, town officials introduced Ordinance 2016-04 - Property Maintenance Code Property Transfer Inspections Program. The reasoning behind this ordinance addresses loss of property value due to declining properties.
They also introduced Ordinance 2016-05, the Property Maintenance Code Rental Inspections Program. That was introduced due to decline of property values. Rising Sun has 350 or more rental units. Some properties are "substandard, unsafe, or unsanitary." The goal of this ordinance was to "meet minimum property maintenance standards for basic equipment facilities used for light, ventilation, heating, and sanitation for rental units and premises for safe and sanitary maintenance of rental units and premises, meet minimum requirements for rental units for means of egress, fire protection systems, and other equipment and devices necessary for safety from fire, and fix and establish the responsibilities or property owners, operators and tenants of rental units and premises."
In mid September, a female resident, told the board that Ordinance 2016-05 "is an infringement on our rights as homeowners.” She also said she does not agree with it and has met with an attorney about this issue.
Jeff Jackson said that the town has some properties that are not maintained but said that most of the residents are law abiding citizens. A resident from the Maple Heights subdivision stated that inspections for resale represent an overstep of government. "You cannot dictate how people keep their properties. You are infringing on my rights. I'm a limited government guy," he said.
"We won't be moving forward with them. And we won't be introducing them in the near future," said Warnick.
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