Meeting Minutes 2-18-08

OFFICE OF NEIGHBORHOOD INVOLVEMENT
CODE ENFORCEMENT COMMITTEE

February 18, 2008 1:00 PM

Attending: Sheila Cobrin, Jim Lundin, John Williams, Bob Mahlowitz, Roxann Ploss, Chair-Ron Siegel

VACATION RENTAL ORDINANCE- REVIEW OR LATEST DRAFT DATED

The members were generally divided on the latest draft of the ordinance. Some felt it was probably the best we could get without a major fight , others thought it was a complete sell out to the agencies.

The major omission was the agency accountability which was the committee’s first and most important recommendation to the previous draft.

It was agreed that with a few minor adjustment the committee would recommend acceptance of the draft ordinance on the condition that we could monitor the performance of the agencies to determine if this control was required after a trial period.

ADJUSTMENTS TO THE DRAFT REQUIRED FOR COMMITTEE APPROVAL

The Agencies and Owners Should make a good faith effort to notify all neighbors of the telephone number and name of the contact person to be called in problem situations

5.78.070 – (c) Change “promptly” to “respond at property within 1 hour”

(g) Change “in a timely and appropriate manner” to “within 1 hour at the property in an appropriate manner”

OTHER COMMENTS AND CONCERNS

It was agreed that the committee chair would meet with the City Manager to discuss the monitoring of agencies. And the ability of the committee to monitor the implementation and enforcement of the ordinance so as to determine its effectiveness in regard to protecting the residents of the city from continuing vacation rental disturbances.

PUBLIC SOLICITATIONS

It was agreed that there are sufficient controls in the municipal code to adequately prevent abuses. However if it is true that the solicitor gets 80% of the revenue collected this would be considered a fraud by city code and therefore illegal.

We will discuss with the city manager the existing enforcement of the code and determine if monitoring is required

NEW BUSINESS

Shopping Carts – We need to seek ways to reduce the problem of the homeless taking shopping carts from the supermarkets. Members of the committee will speak to some of the stores to see if they will install the necessary devices to prevent the carts from being removed from the store property

The meeting was adjourned.

The next meeting will be at the West Conference Room at City Hall on Monday March 17th at 1:00 PM