Kudo's For a Job Well Begun!!
There was a pre-council meeting workshop held last evening during which council members heard from various city officials the administrations take on code enforcement and housing issues.
Although public comments were not allowed during this time, I must give credit to the administration, the building commission, and the council members for at last acknowledging what citizens have been advocating for the past several years.
Members from all of these entities went on record as recognizing rental property as a business and vowing to seek out ways to regulate it as such.
Aspects of the subject such as citywide registration of rental property, inspection of such prior to occupancy, beefed up code enforcement, and looking to how other cities in Indiana have dealt with the issue were discussed.
In the end a three councilmen committee was formed to take a closer look at the subject and come back to the council with recommendations as to solutions that fit New Albany.
Well Done President Gahan!! Keep it up!
As for the Council Meeting proper, there will be others posting elsewhere on the details but the big news of the night was the passage on first reading of a comprehensive smoking ban for our city.
I’m quite sure there will be much more discussion both within and without before this one hears 2nd & 3rd reading.
Still, I’ll always give the devil his due and this Council for the first time in a very long time actually looked like an advocate for it’s’ city’s best long term interests last evening.
Good job ladies & gentlemen! Keep up the momentum!!