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Dialogue sought on property code update

January 23, 2013

Some opposition has recently surfaced as Marietta City Council members continue to consider updating regulations governing private property issues like junk cars, trash, overgrown vegetation, blight......

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Jan-23-13 10:22 PM

We don't need the UN involved in property coding in this issue. The UN has already ruined alot of what this country stands for.

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Jan-23-13 10:05 PM

City councilmen who do a proper job spend between 15-25 hours a week doing council work, serving on appointed city boards, etc. They spend another 15 or so listening to constituents and trying to help them. That works out to about $3.50 an hour (and that's with the raise that starts next year). No one is getting rich in this deal! When some of you make your snide comments you only show your ignorance.

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Jan-23-13 2:44 PM

roger kalter voted for obama. that shows where his mind is. he doesn't care about personal, individual rights. he thinks the govt should run everything and pay him a big salary and a free ipad. did he vote "yes" for his own pay raise? can we go to his house and clean up his yard and make the tax payers pay for it?

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Jan-23-13 11:18 AM

I hate these fact boxes all the time. If you're going to put one in there, Mr. Shawver, put in facts that are necessary like the exact date, time and location of these meetings. Those are facts that the public needs to know!

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Jan-23-13 10:03 AM

Most Americans will remain unaware of the implications of smart growth and Agenda 21 until after it is promulgated in their own backyards. Ironically, these plans are more insidious than the Eminent Domain ruling by the Supreme Court in the case of Kelo v City of New London. Under Eminent Domain rulings, property owners usually receive compensation for their losses. Conversely, smart growth municipal plans, required by statute, enable municipalities to change zoning laws and engage in other regulatory actions that devalue property, restrict off-conveyances, and otherwise erode property values without payment of any compensation to the property owner.

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Jan-23-13 9:58 AM

This is part of Agenda 21 and a long hard look at it is warrented. Agenda 21 is a UN plan that is not a good thing for our country. Look the information up and inform yourself about this. Read the goals of Agenda 21 on the UN website. This may sound like some little piece of legislation that is no big deal, but it is a small part of a much larger picture.

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Jan-23-13 9:12 AM

It's funny that Kalter is one of the one's speaking out on maintaining property. His properties show that he is one of the one's who need to maintain their property better. He will pile up junk not only on his property, but on property not his, he does this under the disguise of recycling.

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Jan-23-13 9:09 AM

I think there could be some reasonable codes and regulations added that could and should be decided by the people and not an all encompassing plan like this.

First of all: Rental property regulation is absurdly lacking here. There needs to be a basic standard set for ALL renters. Enforcing some codes and basic regulations on renters would clean up not only the properties but it would keep some unsavory people from the community. The property owners need to be held accountable to a reasonable degree not only for the property but those within the property. Have a standard legally binding lease. No more renting for cash, looking the other way and allowing more people in the home than legally agreed upon in the lease. No more renting illegal property such as a back ally garage that has not been approved as a rental property.

As far as owned properties there could be some type of agreement so a front yard is not a parking lot or a dumpster. Just base it on common decency.

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Jan-23-13 9:08 AM

Higher taxes for properties that are not maintained, for a starter.

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Jan-23-13 9:08 AM

It's time to make the slumlords clean up their properties.

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Jan-23-13 8:30 AM

I agree that something needs done to update current policies. I applaud the effort to have an open forum to discuss the topic. Along with complaints about the restrictive process of cutting doe trees in "your" land strip, there are some positives that we could help work on. There are many houses in Mtta that are severely lacking any upkeep. No, not due to financial obligations. I know of a house by St. Mary's church that could be beautiful, instead, it is a dilapidating structure because family is arguing over an estate for more than 10 years! "Rental" properties on 3rd and the West side are poorly maintained, and driving down the property values of surrounding houses. Asknot is right, it IS a slippery slope, but one that we as a community can speak about and help prevent from turning into full government intrusion.

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Jan-23-13 8:22 AM

Dismissing Agenda 21 simply because it's something the UN came up with is small minded and petty. If you haven't actually read the codes and are instead relying on someone's talking points or a website, you are not doing yourself or anyone else justice. The premise of the agenda is based on solid principals. The planet is getting dirtier and the population is getting older. There is no disputing either of those facts. Having said that, I'm not a fan of basing our local regulations blindly on something produced by the UN either. I wasn't aware that our current code is already based on the International Code, but it is what it is. Our local codes should be periodically updated, but making sweeping changes based on Agenda 21 updates smacks of a grant money grab. At least Roger is suggesting public dialog rather than just slamming down new regulations.

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Jan-23-13 6:02 AM

The UN needs their arse booted out of this country yesterday

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