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Change to little-known city codes could impact everyone

July 20, 2013
The Marietta Times

The new International Property Maintenance Code (IPMC) for 2012 is currently in the process of being passed in Marietta. These codes will affect everyone in the city of Marietta in one way or another even though most people have never heard of them and have no idea what they entail. Anyone either living in town or owning property within city limits will have to adhere to these new property codes. The City Council's intent is probably good, but will future council member share the same ideas? Will the "yet to be determined" code enforcer be as lenient with these codes as the council members intend them to be? Will the code enforcer's job be dependent on the number of citations written? Why set into place a large amount of codes when they only want to enforce a few? Wouldn't it be a better idea to create a set of codes that are tailored to exactly what needs to be enforced and nothing extra? These are all questions that need to be answered before setting something into place. This will undoubtedly affect many people without them even knowing until it is too late. Two more public readings of these codes are scheduled for July 18th and August 1st at Look Out Park at 7:30 pm.



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