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Written by HAROLD BROWN Sentinel City Editor   
Thursday, 20 June 2013 10:43
Citizens were told Monday night that several steps are being taken to address east side neighborhood issues.
"We are slowly and deliberatively looking at the many things our city deals with," said Community Improvement Committee Chairperson and Council President John Zanfardino.
Specifically he noted:
•    Receipt of a proposed ordinance that would address how the city might deal with dead trees on private property that could be deemed a safety hazard to neighboring property or the public right-of-way. The legislation was not introduced Monday night.
•    Receipt of a proposed ordinance that would reconsider signs that are placed on rental properties listing a property owner and contact phone number. Zanfardino said the committee was not ready to move forward on the issue.
•    A meeting this week with several city officials and representatives of the Wood County Health Department to explore ways to better document complaints. The city contracts with the health department to handle a wide variety of health code issues ranging from couches in yards to structural and mechanical issues with houses and buildings. Zanfardino said a consistent complaint of residents has been lack of data to gauge improvements or the lack thereof.
•    An Aug. 20 trip for city officials to Oxford, home of Miami University. Zanfardino said the trip would be designed to explore how another college community handles problems.
Committee member Daniel Gordon said he was aware that some are looking for the city to take a more proactive response to what for many amounts to quality of life issues. He specifically supported filling the vacant code enforcement office position and exploring ways to provide incentives to encourage families to buy homes on the east side of town.
Committee member Robert McOmber suggested priorities be put in an order and see how far down the list the city can go with the money available. "The city's finances are still under considerable duress and there is no end in site. Some (cities) are in far worse shape than we are. Our finances are precarious and we don't want to commit to expenditures that will take us from precarious to really bad."
Gordon said there are some things that can be done without much money. He suggested working with the Undergraduate Student Government at Bowling Green State University on a continuing clean up campaign and the possibility of voluntary sessions for renters about regulations and suggestions on how to be good neighbors.
Gordon said there seems to be no study of "best practices" on how to handle issues in U.S. college towns, but said he had seen studies from Canada and Great Britain that might provide some suggestions for consideration.
The committee will meet again July 17 at 6 p.m.

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