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Property maintenance code updated

August 2, 2013

In spite of objections from a few citizens, Marietta City Council on Thursday unanimously adopted the 2012 version of the Interational Property Maintenance Code that will replace the 1998 version of......

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Tessie

Aug-03-13 12:34 PM

Luvthesouth, you're absolutely correct that it's an international guide to living sustainably, and one that will work given the chance. Sorry I didn't clarify that. I assumed that since Crandall has a habit of quoting right wing propagandists that she was referring to the book of the same name by Mr. Beck. My apologies.

D.A. I'm so glad you like to follow my postings.

To address your latest remarks: the city administration sometimes, OK, oftentimes, fails to carry through, fails to do their research before issuing citations, fails to observe agreements they've entered into. Ever hear of Peck's Bad Boy? When he was good, he was very, very, good, but when he was bad, he was horrid. That's our city administration at present. I have compassion for them, because it's not easy to be unqualified to do the job, and still be expected to perform.

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luvthesouth

Aug-03-13 6:56 AM

Tessie, good morning. while agenda 21 is indeed a book by glenn beck it is more importantly a real U.N. program. please take a few moments to visit the "official" united nations website and serch for Agenda 21. it does exist. U.N. quote "A major achievement of UNCED was Agenda 21 a thorough and broad-ranging programme of actions demanding new ways of investing in our future to reach global sustainable development in the 21st century. Its recommendations ranged from new ways to educate, to new ways to care for natural resources, and new ways to participate in designing a sustainable economy. The overall ambition of Agenda 21 was breathtaking, for its goal was nothing less than to make a safe and just world in which all life has dignity and is celebrated." btw wikipedia is an excellent source of information. much more accurate than say the national evening news in most instances.

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DevilsAdvocate

Aug-02-13 4:30 PM

As to the code, something needs done. It is obscene that all the City can do is issue letters, fix the mess, pay up front for the fix, & then place a tax lien on some person's property. Insanity in the first degree. Enable the City to penalize in the present. If so, then the slum matter will correct itself.

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DevilsAdvocate

Aug-02-13 4:24 PM

Tess, you are amazing! One moment you blast the administration, (sidewalks), the next you praise. Meds are available, & based on your postings, I would be buying them/free for you. Everyone who is open minded knows that the Mayor & his administration has done so much positive in 1.5 years verses the 8 years of neglect & self serving ineptness of the dark days. Despite your accusations against some, (sidewalk article) people employed in the City are all smiles. Contrary to your sources, loosely used, my friends actually like the current administrative climate. They tell me that City Hall stays out of their shop, & respects the men & their experience. So, I find myself agreeing with you only when a ‘blue’ moon is present, & believe that your biases will continue preventing you from seeing the good that is happening down there.

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JoshBrown

Aug-02-13 3:37 PM

There are some problems involved with enforcing city codes because people just won't pay the fines and will take a lean on their properties. There is a way to make people pay it's really simple. Each year property owners have to get a building inspection done on their properties if they rent them out . If the properties don't meet code then you cancel there occupancy permit for the property till they fix what is needed.Portsmouth is already starting to do this and it seems to be working out fine.

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townie

Aug-02-13 2:54 PM

Good one Tessie! Using Wikipedia or anything from Beck for "facts". That's rich!!

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Tessie

Aug-02-13 12:37 PM

Sorry Crandall, but Wikipedia isn't exactly a reliable resource. Agenda 21 is a book written by Glenn Beck. In order to understand Ms. Crandall's delusion one would have to read that book. He uses "sustainable living" as an extremely negative term, when it's really the exact opposite. This newly adopted building and environmental code is badly needed in Marietta.

I'm very happy Council passed this ordinance and I urge Mayor Mathews to sign it asap. Hiring someone who is well versed in various codes may be quite a challenge, which is probably why there hasn't been effective enforcement all along. This position should not be filled by appointing someone who is a "crony". It needs to be filled by finding the best person to do the job, even if that means recruiting from out of the area.

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JoshBrown

Aug-02-13 11:34 AM

It would also be nice to see people help out elderly neighbors who can't clean up their yards.I'm not talking about trashy people who thinks a car on blocks is playground for their kids.

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townie

Aug-02-13 10:46 AM

"Unless you have a situation like this next to your home, you have no right to say anything." That is exactly correct!! You get to a point where moving seems to be the only answer,but quickly find,no one else wants to live next to the mess either! We need to hold property owners accountable!

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Crandall

Aug-02-13 10:36 AM

City Council - Just so you are prepared, when you hire your new 'Enforcement' agent I will want a complete list of everything he is in charge of enforcing. Then I want to know which of those are already under another department's responsibility. I will expect you to rewrite City Code to reflect the transfer of the duplicate responsibilities to the new Enforcement Agent. Should be no problem since apparently no one was bothering to ENFORCE current City Code anyway. And I am amazed to live in a town that already has laws on the books to deal with unkempt properties but apparently couldn't figure out how to enforce them. And are you telling me that the City can't place a lien against property where they have had to tear down houses? Does the City need more land to maintain? Uh that would be a no. But if they could get ownership of the land then they could turn around and sell it. No they wouldn't get back all the money spent but they would at least get some of it back.

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Crandall

Aug-02-13 10:21 AM

When I said that last night that anything coming out of the UN is about worthless, the looks of skepticism, bewilderment and disbelief coming from Council would have been comical...if it wasn't so embarrassing. One even so far as to say he'd never heard that. Seriously? Well all I can say gentlemen is I may not be as well 'educated' as you are but at least I am not as demn ignorant. As for ALL those meetings you had? Didn't really advertisement them much did you? 1 search on the Times' search engine results in very few stories or notices of meetings.

Have you ever heard of Agenda 21? If not, don’t feel bad, because most Americans haven’t. It is essentially a blueprint for a “sustainable world” that was introduced at the UN Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1992. Since then, it has been adopted by more than 200 counties and it has been modified and updated at other UN environmental summits.

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Crandall

Aug-02-13 10:09 AM

Therefore, according to Agenda 21 human activity needs to be tightly monitored, regulated and controlled for the greater good. Individual liberties and freedoms must be sacrificed for So how is this being done? Well, after Agenda 21 was adopted, an international organization known as the “International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives” (ICLEI) was established to help implement the goals of Agenda 21 in local communities. One thing that they learned very quickly was that the “Agenda 21? label was a red flag for a lot of people. It tended to create quite a bit of opposition on the local level.

As they try to implement their goals, they very rarely use the term “Agenda 21? anymore. Instead, they use much more harmless sounding labels such as “smart growth”, “comprehensive land use planning” and especially “sustainable development”.

So just because something does not carry the Agenda 21 label does not mean that it is not promoting the goals of Agenda 21.

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Crandall

Aug-02-13 10:06 AM

The goals of Agenda 21 are not only being implemented in the United States. This is a massive worldwide effort that is being coordinated by the United Nations. An article that was posted on RedState**** discussed some of the history of Agenda 21…

In simplified terms, Agenda 21 is a master blueprint, or guidelines, for constructing “sustainable” communities. Agenda 21 was put forth by the UN’s Commission on Sustainable Development, and was adopted by over 200 countries (signed into “soft law” by George Bush Sr.)Sr.) at the United Nations Rio Conference in 1992. In 1994 the President’s Council for Sustainable Development was created via Executive Order by Bill Clinton to begin coordinating efforts at the Federal level to make the US Agenda 21 compliant.

The same year that Bill Clinton established the President’s Council for Sustainable Development, the International Code Council was also created.

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beaten1

Aug-02-13 10:03 AM

I hope this is for real. This is needed badly, especially for those lazy, irresponsible, white trash property owners in places like Norwood and the West Side. I live accross the street from such a unkempt eyesore and I've complained to my City Councelman and submitted nuisance complaints to no avail. Crappy properties effect the property values of everyone around them which to me is the same thing as stealing. Unless you have a situation like this next to your home, you have no right to say anything.

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Crandall

Aug-02-13 10:02 AM

The following is a list of these codes from Wikipedia… International Building Code International Residential Code International Fire Code International Plumbing Code International Mechanical Code International Fuel Gas Code International Energy Conservation Code ICC Performance Code International Wildland Urban Interface Code International Existing Building Code International Property Maintenance Code International Private Sewage Disposal Code International Zoning Code International Green Construction Code The codes are very long and exceedingly boring & those that write them know that hardly anyone will ever read them.

For the most part, they contain things that are contained in existing building codes or that are common sense.

But a lot of poison has also been inserted into these codes. If you read them carefully, the influence of Agenda 21 is painfully obvious. Unfortunately, even most of the local politicians that are adopting these codes don't read them.

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Crandall

Aug-02-13 9:58 AM

The goals of Agenda 21 are not only being implemented in the United States, it is a massive worldwide effort that is being coordinated by the UN. An article that was posted on RedState**** discussed some of the history of Agenda 21. In simplified terms, Agenda 21 is a master blueprint, or guidelines, for constructing “sustainable” communities. Agenda 21 was put forth by the UN’s Commission on Sustainable Development, and was adopted by over 200 countries (signed into “soft law” by George Bush Sr.) at the United Nations Rio Conference in 1992. In 1994 the President’s Council for Sustainable Development was created via Executive Order by Bill Clinton to begin coordinating efforts at the Federal level to make the US Agenda 21 compliant.

The same year that Bill Clinton established the President’s Council for Sustainable Development, the International Code Council was also created. For the most part, they contain a lot of things that are contained in existing building codes.

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Lester

Aug-02-13 9:28 AM

Vukovic's been "taking phone calls from concerned constituents", "heard concerns" about the adoption of these codes? But he, along with the rest of that merry band of idiots, votes for this disastrously intrusive legislation anyway! Apparently, he (still) doesn't care what the townspeople think! What does he have to do, take out billboards telling us he doesn't give a rat's *** what we want? "Hey, don't bother calling me with your input or requests, I know what's best for you and your property, I know what you need, I know how WE should spend your money." WAKE UP, people!

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wps3417

Aug-02-13 8:33 AM

Wow, what a bunch of dumbasses.....really all I can say.

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JoshBrown

Aug-02-13 8:19 AM

Now the city need to go through the city block by block and clean it up !

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mrhomer

Aug-02-13 5:34 AM

"Updating the code the city has already been operating under for the last 15 years"???? Theres a good example of that behind the big house in 300 block of Wooster...of course you can only see it from the alley...but they have seen it...and there it stands...still.. like lots in every corner of this town.

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