Fines set for property maintenance code

Marietta City Council on Thursday heard the first reading of an ordinance setting fines and penalties for violations of Marietta’s property maintenance code. But Councilman Roger Kalter, D-1st Ward, who chairs council’s planning, zoning, annexation and housing committee, said the measure could be fine-tuned before final passage.

“We have worked on this for 14 months now, and it may need some tweaking,” he said. “We’ll have a full three readings, so there will be two more regular council meetings for any public comment before the ordinance is adopted.”

Kalter added that the public would also be welcome to comment during any planning, zoning, annexation and housing committee meetings at 304 Putnam St. within the next month.

The ordinance introduced Thursday amends a measure adopted by council Aug. 1, 2013, that codified the International Property Maintenance Code of 2012 as a city ordinance. The IPMC sets standards for keeping residential and commercial properties within the city limits maintained to promote safety for city residents and help eliminate blighted property.

Earlier this year council also created a property maintenance department and the position of a property maintenance code officer who is yet to be appointed.

Fines for non-compliance with the IPMC include $150 for a first offense, $250 for a second offense, and $500 for a third and subsequent offenses.

The ordinance also sets a fine of not less than $150 and not more than $1,000 against any person who continues work after having been served with a stop work order due to violation of the property maintenance code.

In addition, the ordinance specifies that “no unlicensed or inoperative motor vehicle shall be parked, kept or stored on any premises, and no vehicle shall at any time be in a state of major disassembly, disrepair, or in the process of being stripped or dismantled” on properties within the city limits.

The final reading and possible adoption of the ordinance is currently scheduled for the regular council session at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6 in the community building at Lookout Park.

Kalter said he would also ask that the ordinance be placed on the city web site at www.mariettaoh.net for public review.

Also on Thursday, city council members expressed their appreciation for nearly 20 years of service by former Marietta Treasurer Valerie Holley.

“I thank you for your invaluable assistance throughout those years-the city is lucky to have had you as treasurer,” said Councilman Tom Vukovic, D-4th Ward, and chairman of the finance committee.

Holley was presented a plaque by council president Josh Schlicher and Mayor Joe Matthews for her years of service from 1994 to 2013.

“It’s been an honor and I have enjoyed serving these five terms,” Holley said. “And I’ve always had a good group working with me in the city tax department.”