Thursday, June 24, 1999

City may bill landlords for unruly-tenant calls

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Landlords whose Cincinnati tenants disturb the peace may be on the hook to pay for police visits that exceed three a month.

        Cincinnati Mayor Roxanne Qualls asked the city administration on Wednesday to draft an ordinance to that effect. Her motion was based on complaints, dating to 1993, about a Price Hill property. She said the problem is also severe in Avondale and Northside.

        “This is directed at landlords who basically do not care,” Ms. Qualls said.

        In other business, city council:

        • Passed a law that would deny a $20,000 payment to a business if it is forced to move by eminent domain but is operating illegally. The law is aimed at the Hustler storedowntown.

        A second proposal concerning licenses for sexually oriented businesses was postponed for more study.

        • Agreed to spend $350,000 to develop a Web site describing Cincinnati's neighborhoods, with the aim of attracting people to move into the city.

        • Heard an application by Dorian Development for $775,525 to rehabilitate 22 properties on Sycamore Hill. Funding it would halt two other approved building rehabilitations, City Manager John Shirey said. The application will be reviewed by a council committee on Tuesday.

        • Sold a home at 727 South Shuttlesworth Circle to the North Avondale Neighborhood Association for $1 and approved $70,000 to repair the former drug house.

        • Accepted recognition by the U.S. Deparment of Justice for the city's “weed and seed” crime-fighting program in Evanston. The recognition makes the program eligible for a $175,000 grant. The city has been “weeding out” crime and “seeding” Evanston with public and private social programs.

        • Agreed to study a proposal by Councilman Todd Portune to freeze downtown parking rates during the stadium construction.

        • Directed the city administration to report on group foster homes. Councilman Paul Booth said he has received numerous complaints about the location of the homes from residents, especially in Hartwell and North Avondale.


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