I am still attending hearings with the Senate Civil Justice Committee. Please read below the article from the Northland News. There will be an “IP” (interested parties) meeting with these folks in the next 2 weeks. According to Senator Hughes office I will be invited to this meeting. I totally agree with Bill Sperlazza as to these parties do not understand the current law as written. I am sure there will be some give and take. What I asked Senator Hughes’ office staff is if there are two different sets of standards for residents and business? The reason I asked this was because there were chances for these folks to present their concerns “officially” in front of the Senate Civil Justice Committee but they did not. It appears, so far, to me that they did not want to be seen “officially” as being against violence. I will listen and represent Sharon Woods to the best of my ability. P.Wood
The following is taken from The Northland News:
‘Strange opposition’ brewing to public nuisance amendment
By KEVIN PARKS
Wednesday October 14, 2015 11:57 AM
The print version of this story had some inaccurate details.
Rumors and misinformation are serving to muddy the waters regarding an amendment to the state law regarding public nuisances, according to Assistant City Attorney William Sperlazza.
“There is opposition to it, and it’s strange opposition,” he told Northland Community Council representatives at their Oct. 1 meeting.
Some local motel and even apartment community representatives are spreading the word that “innocent property owners” who don’t live in central Ohio and are unaware that things such as illegal drug sales, prostitution and violent crimes are occurring at their rental units will find them abruptly boarded up if the ordinance is passed, Sperlazza said.
That’s simply not true, he added.
“People are trying to confuse the issue,” he said. “They’re nervous about something that can’t happen.”
The amendment would prohibit establishments from being shuttered when the owners had no way of knowing the places had become public nuisances, Sperlazza said.
Senate Bill 201 and House Bill 126 would add violence to the existing factors that permit a hotel, motel, bar, restaurant or other establishment to be declared a public nuisance.
Also during his report, Sperlazza said the Franklin County Court of Appeals had ruled in favor of the city in shutting down the Red Carpet Inn, 1289 E. Dublin-Granville Road, as a public nuisance. He also said the boarded-up motel was scheduled to be auctioned this week.
Sperlazza expressed the hope that new owners would either invest money in the property or tear it down for possible redevelopment.
He noted that court orders barring the East Dublin-Granville Road motel from once again being operated as a public nuisance would stay in effect even with new ownership.
“We don’t want a quick fix,” Sperlazza said. “We want a permanent fix.”