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Neighbors Growing Together | Nov 26, 2014

Public input on ordinance wanted

By David Hotle | Aug 25, 2014

The Washington City Council will have a special work session Tuesday evening to discuss a proposed rental housing regulatory ordinance, which includes rental inspections. The special meeting that will be held at 6 p.m. in the Washington Public Library Nicola-Stoufer Room.
During a previous meeting, Mayor Pro Tem Bob Shepherd encouraged Washington residents to get a copy of the ordinance, mark it up and come to the meeting ready to discuss what changes should be made to the draft the council is examining.
“Go through it with red pen and mark the areas where you either have a question, want an interpretation or you want intent, and suggestions on how to make it better,” Shepherd said.
According to Washington City Administrator Brent Hinson, the council is required to have three readings of the draft before it can be approved. The readings will occur during regular city council meetings. Copies of the ordinance are available at Washington City Hall or on the City of Washington Web site.
The proposed ordinance is based on ordinances from several cities. During a work session on Aug. 12 Kathryn Salazar, who chaired a subcommittee that prepared the draft for the council, said that the focus of the ordinance is public safety. The ordinance calls for rental inspections once every three years.
The ordinance came about as the result of a report from the former Housing Improvement Task Force. The report was delivered to the city council in July 2013, recommending rental inspections.

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