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Mayor says he will veto property code

February 24, 2014

An ordinance finally passed last week by Marietta City Council, establishing penalties for violations of the city’s property maintenance code, is expected to be vetoed by Mayor Joe Matthews today....

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Feb-24-14 11:22 PM

I do believe in (UP KEEP) for every one. But the COST of each is a little to high. The ELDERLY who are poor do need (HELP) & we all no who they are.Your to H E L P your Neighbor if in need.But for example the old (Wine Shop) on front St. owned by Doctor Anderson got a (LARGE X) on it because the wall in the back was CRACKING. I think everyone no's that walk's the street's for exercise their is a piece of PROPERTY Tied in to on one side by (TOP DRAWER) &(TIBERWAY GRILL)on the other side.Need's EMERGENCY REPAIRED NOW & not LATER.The Roof & back of building is GONE that's why the RAIN FLOW'S out of the front door's & FREEZES,the FLOORS aren't that much better.The (FIRE DEPT) was notified (MONTHS) ago but there hasn't been an X put on it. They didn't even clean the snow off of their side walks.If you mark an X on one or two places in this town then let's get busy with this building.I hope it's not who you NO in this TOWN.EQUAL for ALL!!!

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Feb-24-14 4:53 PM

What amazes me is that many of you do not even stop and think about unintended consequences or precedence being set. amazing that you fail to think in long term and only short term when it comes to solutions to problems.

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Feb-24-14 4:36 PM

Those years when we would drive south along the Muskingum from Zanesville to Beverly or Marietta; time has not been kind to those small places along Ohio 60. What had once been small, well kept Main Street America has gone downhill, way downhill. Marietta as the older and more historically significant town for the region--a slippery slope if the small town historical ambiance that your trying to sell comes off as history wrapped in a junk yard. That would be the case for what happened in Beverly, as you drive through town on Ohio 60 and so many other little places in Ohio which were a part of my youth. Beverly was that small place with a near Norman Rockwell main Ohio 60 is just a dump along a drag. How sad, how little zoning, most not enforced.

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Feb-24-14 3:44 PM

Cont and if I could not make a make meal for my shoveler, I would try and do my best to figure out a different solution. Since when are you not responsible for what you own? I guess you aren't in MOV , it might be against your rights to be a slob.

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Feb-24-14 3:40 PM

I Gree with beaten, too many people do nothing to just maintain their property, then your street gets worse and worse. I particularly like the cars up on blocks in the driveway that the owner is going to get to, but it hasn't been touched in a year,and he could put it in the garage out of site but the garage is already stuffed full of more junk. So you have junked car sitting and sitting and the neighbor across the street say, well Jethro s had that junked car there a year, I'm getting my old boat to sit in my driveway, and ill fix it when I get around to it. Then pretty soon, the street starts to get worse , so the conscientious people move. Soon you have a budding ghetto. If I owned a historic house lets say on 5 th street, I'd hate it my neighbor decided he'd paint his trim neon green and purple , just because he could, but you don't want any kind of standards do you? And if I were little old granny I'd be out shoveling myself. If not I'd hire someone to do it.

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Feb-24-14 3:34 PM

Big napper, I do what I can. I keep the piece of crap house I live in neat, clean, and orderly. It could be worse, but it isn't safe and it isn't healthy. Section 8 housing has at least a 5 year wait in this area. I pay full price for my humble abode and all utilities. So don't think for a minute that I'm a slacker, I'm just disabled and poor. I am moving away in April.

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Feb-24-14 2:55 PM

Agree Marietta not business friendly

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Feb-24-14 2:43 PM

beaten1, could be that the powers that be don't like your OCD and deem you and your property a hazard. We can't be having things too nice and you making others look bad.

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Feb-24-14 2:32 PM

Harley: won't happen to me because I'm probably OCD. My home is immaculate. in and out. I practice what I preach.

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Feb-24-14 2:09 PM

beaten1,so what happens when the powers that be demand you make changes to YOUR property because they deem it unfit?

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Feb-24-14 1:59 PM

Harley, if people kept their property up, then there'd be no need for such laws. Everybody is making a mountain out of a molehill. These junk/trash people are like a cancer. The property will most likely be sold one day at a cheap price because it's devalued; the next owner, because he could afford it, will be a slob. Soon every responsible/proper property owner in the neighborhood will be moving out because this slob is causing the whole neighborhood to go down in value and before you know it, you've got a whole neighbor of slobs. It spreads like a cancer. Case in point: parts of Norwood and the West Side. It's like this: nasty property, nasty house, nasty car, nasty ar$e. This change as got to start somewhere. Now take a shower and haul away your junk!

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Feb-24-14 1:01 PM

beaten1, rather unconstitutional of you isn't it? I am all for people keeping their property up, but I am not all for stupid laws that take away rights.

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Feb-24-14 12:59 PM

Sorry that was be poor and not qualify for section 8 housing

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Feb-24-14 12:55 PM

I think you are wrong to tell tessie if you don't like it move. That means her landlord continues to get away providing substandard housing but there is little she can do to retaliate or she gets kicked out. I think she has stated before there is no other place she can move that she can afford that isn't as bad as where she lives now. You can ve poor and now qualify fir section 8 housing. There should be affordable rental property who don't qualify fir low income programs or prefer not use those programs. In marietta they are dumps that don't quAlify as safe housing but landlord are happy raking in the money . I was hoping to see this law force slumlords to fix their disgusting houses but silly me . I don't believe there is hope to fix anything in the town with such poor attitudes .your motto should be 'let it fall down ,we will blame Obama or democrats or Roger. It's a lost cause to have any resolution to your problems because you do nothing . However you are very good at b tchin g

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Feb-24-14 12:31 PM

I believe there are some things that should not be snow removal or the color of your house or even how tall your grass is. But there are issues that do. We have buildings that are owned by people that do not live here and never come to town to assess there condition. We have landlords that charge too much and care too little about how their tenants are forced to live. There are abandoned homes with little hope of ever being repaired. As we all know when we take a hit in our wallets we tend to get up off our******and do whats right. No one wants to live in a community where no one gives a $*&+. The mayor is right to veto the bill as it stands, and the rest of council needs to adjust it so it doesn't get frivolous. For those of you who do nothing but complain get involved and help solve the issue instead of being a sideline slacker.

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Feb-24-14 12:30 PM

Agree | Disagree

@beaten1: Good point...but I think you touched a nerve with a few. LOL...and you can't disagree with facts people. It just shows your stubbornness to gain knowledge and integrity.

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Feb-24-14 12:12 PM

@beaten1: Good point...but I think you touched a nerve with a few. LOL...and you can't disagree with facts people. It just shows your stubbornness to gain knowledge and integrity.

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Feb-24-14 11:46 AM

@beaten1: Good point...but I think you touched a nerve with a few. LOL...and you can't disagree with facts people. It just shows your stubbornness to gain knowledge and integrity.

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Feb-24-14 11:44 AM

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GO JOE! We'll make a conservative out of you soon! Kalter just needs a real job with real responsibility. He's a joke for this community. He only gets re-elected because no one runs against him.

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Feb-24-14 11:11 AM

Can anyone explain how fining grandma for not shoveling her sidewalk will protect people from falling glass or arson?

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Feb-24-14 11:04 AM

@Sarek: Your numbers on the debt are way off. As usual, people get on here and make uneducated statements. Bush increased the national debt %86 after Clinton. Obama has increased it %45. In fact, the upward trend began with Ronald Reagan’s fiscal 1982 budget, declined somewhat from fiscal 1997 through 2001(Clinton), and resumed the upward climb with George W. Bush’s first budget in fiscal 2002 (which started Oct. 1, 2001). The economic stimulus and other Obama policies account for just under $1 trillion of the debt added since he took office, while Bush added $5.1 trillion in his eight years — mostly due to tax cuts and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Those are real facts...not just something pulled out of my ***.

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Feb-24-14 11:02 AM

Hey Harley. blah blah blah. Got junk? Clean it up. Simple.

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Feb-24-14 10:39 AM

I have seen many problems with the old law first hand/I have seen two instances where the houses in question were in terrible shape/complaint after complaint was made nothing was done. In one case the woman had to die and then it took two more years for the house to be demolished. I would not be happy walking down a street and having. Window break and fall on my head but according to you complainers that's just an accident. If this is what you want then so be it / don't take care of your property because no one can tell you what to do/ this is why people leave / I would not own property when my neighbor could have a Sanford and son property next door .

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Feb-24-14 10:30 AM


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Feb-24-14 10:27 AM

beaten1, do you have any idea of what Agenda 21 is? I'm guessing not. I would suggest that you look it up and read about it and where it comes from. This is straight out Agenda 21. Glad to see the mayor veto it and I could care less what his reasons are.

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