Hamilton, Ohio -
The City of Hamilton has decided to cancel two public hearings regarding chronic nuisances and residential rental registration and inspection, and to pull from the agenda multiple proposed ordinances regarding chronic nuisances, rental registration and inspections, and utility payments, until an ad-hoc committee comprised of landlords - both small & large - has an opportunity to work with city public safety, administration and community development officials to fine-tune the legislation being proposed to City Council.
Charles Tassell, Director of Government Affairs for the Greater Cincinnati Northern Kentucky Apartments Association has agreed to chair the committee, which will be charged with finding common-sense amendments to the proposed legislation, that will balance the rights of taxpayers and neighborhoods while not adversely impacting landlords who are legitimately attempting to keep their investment properties in good condition and free of crime. Charles stated, "The Greater Cincinnati Northern Kentucky Apartment Association looks forward to partnering with the City of Hamilton to develop workable solutions to address issues of crime and blight."
The ad-hoc committee will work over the next three to six months to deliver legislative recommendations to the City's Ordinance Review Commission, which will then make a recommendation to City Council.
"Protecting taxpayers and neighborhoods is fundamental to why government exists", stated Hamilton City Manager Joshua Smith. "Our City has made great strides in terms of job creation, investment in infrastructure, small business start-ups and neighborhood redevelopment in recent years. Protecting our neighborhoods is necessary in keeping our momentum moving in the right direction."
The Committee will be comprised of seven landlords, ranging from small (less than 10 units) to large (greater than 100 units), to ensure a diversity of discussion. In addition to the seven landlords, two renters who reside in Hamilton will be a part of the committee. City Staff who will attend the meetings will include public safety chiefs, members of the Community Development Department and the City Manager.
It is anticipated the first meeting will take place in March 2017. Because the above-referenced public hearings on March 8, 2017 are being canceled, the March 8, 2017 City Council meeting will be held in its normal location at 345 High Street.