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Leetonia council OKs 1st reading of rental registration ordinance

November 8, 2012
Morning Journal News

LEETONIA- Village Council Wednesday night approved the first reading of a rental property registration ordinance.

Presented by Zoning Inspector John Rydarowicz after months of preparation, the ordinance will require rental property owners to pay a $10 registration fee and to inform village administrators who is living in their rental units.

Originally introduced as a Landlord-Tenant Agreement in December 2010, council voted against the issue on its third reading after a backlash from landlords who claimed it was unfairly restrictive to rental property owners. The revised ordinance eliminates the requirement for each occupant to provide proof of legal citizenship or residency, for the property to be open to inspections and for each additional members living in a unit register as an occupant.

Rydarowicz has consistently cited the need for the ordinance as a way to curb violations. When violations must be cited to landlords outside police jurisdiction, the violations are often left unattended, he said. He has also noted that when an unknown renter lives in the village but works elsewhere, the village cannot collect income tax. The ordinance must pass two more times before taking effect.

In other business, council retroactively approved a one-year contract for Village Solicitor Walter Newton for 2012 with no increase in salary.

Leaf pick up

Village Administrator Gary Phillips reported that loose leaf pick up using the Vac Machine will continue while weather permits. Once the weather turns, only bagged leaves will be picked up, he said.

Community events

Christmas Lightup will be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 8 in Wick Park and feature sleigh rides, photos with Santa, refreshments and the tree lighting.

Christmas Remembrance of Loved Ones is scheduled for 2 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Oakdale Cemetery Chapel, with Pastor Kari Lankford officiating.

The next regular council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Nov. 21 at Village Hall, proceeded by a Police Committee meeting at 6 p.m.

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