UPDATE 11/13/2013 5:05 PM
All of Marietta City Council is on board.
They agree on introducing legislation for a department for property maintenance code in Marietta and a code enforcer.
There has been a lot of discussion over the past couple of months but it is moving forward.
This will help with the upkeep of structures - residential or commercial - throughout the city.
City Councilman Roger Kalter says on top of updating the old code, for the first time Marietta will have a way to enforce it.
The first time you are found in violation it will be a minor misdemeanor with a fine of $150.
"Buildings that are dropping pieces off of them are a threat or a danger to either kids, adults or tourists, so we can start kinda cleaning up this incredibly beautiful and historic city," says Kalter.
Kalter says they plan to hire someone part time for 29 hours a week to enforce this code starting in January.
City Council says yes. The property maintenance code in Marietta starts soon.
City Councilman Roger Kalter says the house on the corner of Wayne Street and South Sixth Street is the perfect example.
A house and property that has been let go and abandoned. Right now there are no consequences.
Last night City Council updated a 15 year old code and by January first. Kalter says he wants to have a code enforcement plan and team in place.
"So we have a person that can enforce the city's code, because that has not happened in 15 years. This person would need to be consistent, fair but firm. We want to find somebody that really understands the quality of life in a community, and would then be able to enforce the codes where there is serious safety and health issues
Local rental property company, Mitcham Group was at the meeting Monday night with questions.
They gave this statement today about the topic.
"As indicated via telephone, we here at Mitcham Group, have no problems with updating the 1998 code with the 2012 International Property Maintenance Code. Our goal is always to provide safe, clean, affordable housing and we welcome regulations that support this goal. We are, however, more interested in how it will be enforced. We are hopeful that City Council will use this as an opportunity to work with landlords in Marietta who are trying to provide nice housing," said Wendy Myers of Mitcham Group.