Mayor, council to meet on property code plan at work session Jan. 16

January 09, 2001

Westminster's mayor and Common Council will meet for a work session at 7 p.m. Jan. 16 to discuss the city's proposed property maintenance code, Mayor Kenneth A. Yowan announced at a meeting last night.

The session is open to the public, but residents may only observe the process, not participate, according to Councilwoman Suzanne P. Albert.

For the past decade, Westminster, like the rest of Carroll, has functioned under the county livability code, which applies to rental properties and is enforced by a single county housing inspector. About 70 percent of the 400 livability complaints the county receives each year are from Westminster, leaving many city residents complaining about a backlog of reported violations, officials said.

A number of residents and real estate agents have criticized the proposed code, which would include all properties, since its introduction in November as being too restrictive.

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