City’s property maintenance code will be discussed

Marietta City Council’s Planning, Zoning and Annexation Committee is meeting at 3 p.m. Tuesday for a discussion about adopting the Marietta Property Maintenance Code.

Council adopted the 1998 code in 1999, but no enforcement system was ever established so the rules for basic health and safety conditions of buildings could take place.

Council now is considering updating the property maintenance code to the most current status, which is 2012. The code is updated every three years.

The Marietta City administration has been developing a plan for the property maintenance code enforcement for council to consider. Representatives of the fire, police, engineering and health departments have been encouraged to participate in Tuesday’s meeting on the second floor of 304 Putnam St. The meeting is open to the public.

A number of copies of the property maintenance code have been circulating in the city and is available at the Washington County Public Library so people may read the 40-page document. It also is available on-line at International Property Maintenance Code.

Planning Chair Roger G. Kalter, D-1st Ward, said he is hopeful the Property Maintenance Code can be adopted and a realistic enforcement plan can be in place by the beginning of the new year.

“This is a critical issue for the health and safety of all those who live in and visit our historic community,” Kalter said. “Some landlords and homeowners property neglect puts children’s safety at risk and damages other people’s qualities of life and property values.”

Kalter encourages anyone interested in Marietta’s future to participate in the committee meeting.