MOUNT VERNON — Mount Vernon City Council made some changes to the proposed building maintenance ordinance during a special two-hour committee meeting Monday night.
Most notably, the legislative body decided to remove a section that would hold tenants accountable for excessive trash or failure to provide proper lawn care at rental properties. Reasons behind the change were voiced by several members of council.
“We cannot begin to afford the number of enforcement officers this would take,” said Sam Barone, 1st Ward councilman.
Mike Hillier, at-large councilman, cautioned to council that it should not create language that would require the city to “police” rental properties.
“The city cannot go to the tenants,” said Nancy Vail, 3rd Ward councilwoman and chairwoman of the Zoning and Planning Committee overseeing the proposed ordinance. “We have to keep it with the property owners.”
Property owners in attendance continue to be concerned that they will be saddled with fines incurred by their tenants when the ordinance is violated by the leaseholder.
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