Marcia Weeks stated, “Agreed-upon ordinances provide fairness for everyone in the community.” Who agreed to these ordinances? What is this fairness you speak of? The undercurrent of anger from homeowners and landlords who are directly affected by this speaks of the opposite. Who is going to pay for the codes enforcement? Who is going to pay for the upgrades? The taxpayers are going to pay for enforcement. That is a given. The landlords, through the tenant, is going to pay for the upgrades. (Through higher rents). There is a severe dichotomy between the city council and the citizens they’re supposed to represent. More city codes is not what this community needs. An employment base, from entry level positions to middle income factory work, to executive level employment is what we need. The local brain drain, i.e. educated flight, out of the community is severe. This is what needs to be addressed.
If you’re going to make blanket statements such as “Building codes protect lives and health by preventing things like electrical fires, building collapse and lead contamination,” you might want to read about what is already on the books. (Hint: There are already policies in place to address the issues above.) Enforce those codes.
Steven S. Mellnick