North Canton City Council passed an ordinance making it easier for the city to take action when a landlord hasn't provided basic necessities such as heat or water
Key Action: Adopted legislation that gives the city more flexibility in requiring landlords to make speedy repairs to problems that impact residents health and safety.
Discussion: Council adopted the ordinance, which modifies the city's Minimum Housing Code, on emergency after a first reading.
The legislation was introduced last week. The city currently gives landlords 30 days to fix violations. This legislation allows the Chief Housing Officer/Director of Permits to impose quicker deadlines for health and safety issues such as a lack of heat or access to safe, running water.
The legislation came about after residents complained they had no heat during cold days earlier this month.
That specific issue was resolved quickly by the landlord, but it made council aware of what could happen if a landlord isn't so timely, said Councilwoman Stephanie Werren, Ward Three.
• Heard that Director of Administration Mike Grimes will retire at the end of the year. Grimes is also a former North Canton police chief and has worked for the city since 1978.
• Adopted on emergency an ordinance allocating $19,000 to purchase an emergency backup generator for the EMS station.
• Adopted a resolution asking the Planning Commission to draft legislation creating a Main Street Business District. The commission would send any legislation back to council for approval.
• Passed the first reading of the 2018 city budget. The budget includes about $41.7 million in appropriations.
• Adopted an ordinance allowing to the city to administer a self-insured health insurance program for city employees.
• Adopted legislation allowing the city to participate in the Stark County OVI Task Force.
• Passed the second reading of an ordinance to pay the city's share of a sludge processing modification project at the Canton Water Reclamation Facility.
• Passed the first reading of an ordinance allowing the city to request quotes for a comprehensive insurance policy.
• Heard a presentation from the Stark County Health Department on the services it provides the city.
• Entered into executive session to discuss preparing and reviewing bargaining sessions with public employees.
Up Next: Council Meeting 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 27, at City Hall.
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