Weirton Council workshop to discuss rental registration

WEIRTON — The possibility of a rental registration ordinance in the city of Weirton may be returning.

Weirton Council has scheduled a work session for 9 a.m. Tuesday for the purpose of discussing and developing a new proposal for a rental registration ordinance in the city.

As the meeting is a work session, no vote can be taken by council on the issue.

The intially proposed ordinance first went before council in April, receiving a 7-0 vote. It was voted down, 3-4, earlier this month on second reading after several area landlords appeared before council to express concerns.

At the time, Mayor Harold Miller noted the plan called for no new fees to be paid by landlords or residents, explaining the ordinance had been proposed as a way to ensure landlords were maintaining their properties.

“You’re not paying any fees. You’re just filing some forms,” Miller told those in attendance at the May 13 council meeting. “We want you to succeed. We’ll work with you, but take care of your properties.”

Some members of council, too, expressed concern prior to the vote, with Ward 7 Councilman Terry Weigel bringing up recent changes in the operations of the city’s Inspections Department to be more active in their duties instead of responding only to complaints.

Ward 3 Councilman Fred Marsh and Ward 2 Councilman Mike Adams said they were unsure if the proposal would properly address the issues of concern.

(Howell can be contacted at chowell@weirtondailytimes.com, and followed via Twitter @CHowellWDT)

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