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Councilmen Blackwell, Henderson and Peden sponsor property maintenance ordinance

Monday February 26, 2007

For Immediate Release                                                         
Media Contacts:
Tony Hyatt
574-4137 / 526-3622   

Stephen Haag           
574-1204 / 645-1752

Many property owners in Metro Louisville take pride in their homes and make every effort to keep their property clean and safe.

But not everyone does.

“If you walk or drive by a home and see tall grass and trash the first thing you might do is shake year head and wonder who is responsible for that,” says Councilman Bob Henderson (D) 14. “We are making an effort to do something about it.”

Henderson along with Metro Council President Rick Blackwell (D) 12 and Councilman James Peden (R) 23 are sponsoring the ordinance that would make it the responsibility of the property owner to take care of cutting grass and trash collection.

“We have been working with several groups, including those who would enforce this legislation, on the best way to rectify this problem.” said Blackwell. “We are trying to hold owners that rent responsible and get taxpayers out of the property manager role.”

The new ordinance spells out the owner of the property is responsible for making sure grass and weeds are cut and or trimmed. The owner is responsible for keeping trash and yard waste in a container. The law also requires weekly disposal.

“This ordinance offers clarity to property owners and the officials entrusted with enforcing our property maintenance code” says Peden. “We are hopeful that the passage of this ordinance will bring improved living conditions to residents throughout the community”.

The Government Administration committee approved the proposed ordinance at its Monday meeting.

“This ordinance specifically holds the owners of rental property accountable for upkeep and maintenance,” said Blackwell. “I believe this ordinance will bring about an effective change in those neighborhoods where there are rental properties."

The ordinance now moves to the full council.

Rick Blackwell (D) 12
Bob Henderson (D) 14
James Peden (R) 20