PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES
11 MARCH 2008
7:00 P.M.

I. CALL MEETING TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Tony Butrum.

II. ROLL CALL

Members Present: Steve Galster, Richard Bauer, Tony Butrum, David Okum, Carolyn Ghantous, Lawrence Hawkins III, and Tom Vanover

Others Present: Don Shvegzda, City Engineer, Ann McBride, City Planner, and
Bill McErlane, Building Official

III. MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING OF 12 FEBRUARY 2008
Mr. Vanover moved to adopt the Minutes from the Planning Commission meeting from12 February 2008. Mr. Okum seconded the motion; all present voted aye, and the Minutes were adopted.

IV. REPORT ON COUNCIL

Steve Galster: Thank you, Mr. Chairman. The last couple Council meetings we did have a discussion; the next coming Council meeting on March 19th will be the reading of an Ordinance that establishes a rental license agreement for rental properties. The first phase will be single family residential units. In general what it establishes, anybody who owns property and wishes to rent it out has to apply for a rental agreement at our Building Department who will inspect the property inside and out to make sure it is in compliance. If it is in compliance they will be issued a rental agreement/license – the cost is $50.00 a year per residence/per year. The ordinance will require re-inspection after two years but before three years unless there is a change of occupancy. If you have had it longer that six months and you change your occupancy then you will have to have it re-inspected. It will also require that if any tenants make a complaint to the Building Department that would also trigger an inspection. If there was, for example, painting of the gutters and it wasn’t possible to do this in December there could be a conditional rental license issued that would give them proper time to address those types of issues; those things that are not a major or health or safety hazard to any potential occupant. So this is the first phase of our rental license agreement. We do anticipate that in a relatively short time, six months to a year, we will move to multi-family and that may be broken down to four units and under or ten units and under; we are not sure yet. We just need to make sure we have the wording and all that stuff done. That is the first step.
Mayor Webster: Mr. Galster, there will not be public hearing on that.
Mr. Galster: That is correct, it is a change to the property maintenance code, so there is no public hearing required, so the second reading will be at the Council meeting in April.

Mr. Chairman: Thank you, Mr. Galster.

V. CORRESPONDENCE
a. Zoning Bulletin – January 10, 2008
b. Zoning Bulletin – February 10, 2008
c. Zoning Bulletin – February 25, 2008
d. Letter to Marjorie Harlow Re: Recommended Amendments to the Zoning Code

VI. OLD BUSINESS

(Mr. Chairman stated no old business to report.)



VII. NEW BUSINESS

(Mr. Chairman stated no new business to report.)

At this time Chairman Butrum opened the floor for any discussion as part of the regular meeting. (No one came forward.)

VIII. CHAIRMAN’S REPORT

Chairman Butrum: We had three new signs and one revised sign as you can see in the Chairman’s Report, that being the Japan Buffet, which if you recall last month was the Sukura Buffet.

So, with that, I’ll accept a motion for adjournment.

IX. ADJOURNMENT

Mr. Vanover moved to adjourn and Mr. Bauer seconded and the Planning Commission adjourned at 7:07 p.m.