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New PMC ordinance raises concerns for some Twn. residents

Submitted by Phil Heimerl on January 10, 2019 – 12:56 amNo Comment
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The Charter Township of Alpena is holding a public input session regarding a newly adopted Property Maintenance Code ordinance that has created some anxiety within the community.

The meeting will allow residents to familiarize themselves with the ordinance and ask questions of the building and other township officials.

The ordinance was adopted to basically regulate and govern the conditions and maintenance of all properties, buildings and structures to make sure they are safe, sanitary and fit for occupation and use.

It establishes a rental inspection program, similar to the one operated by the City of Alpena.  It also sets rules for house trailers, addresses blight and condemned buildings, requires inspections of residential dwellings prior to sale or transfer, establishes fees, penalties and enforcement and more.

Township Supervisor Nathan Skibbe says the new ordinance “Gives the township some teeth in addressing some issues with rentals and other properties.”

The public input session will be held at the township offices on US 23 north next Friday, January 18, at 3 p.m.  All landlords, tenants, realtors and business owners are encouraged to attend.

The 19 page ordinance is available for viewing on the township’s website.  It was adopted by the township board on December 17.  A fee schedule for the rental inspection program has not been finalized but is expected to be adopted when the township board meets on January 28.

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