A new housing ordinance for the city of Liberty has created a major controversy producing a quite buzz at Tuesday’s city council meeting. There was a large crowd on hand at Liberty City Council Tuesday night, mostly to address one issue, a housing requirement that, according to some of those in attendance was both restrictive and difficult to adhere to. One issue, for those who may be new home owners in Liberty, is a requirement that the property must be inspected by the city before the electric service, can be transferred into the new owner’s name and turned on. Lifelong Liberty resident and long time real estate agent, Dan Vandeventer, politely but clearly lambasted this new but controversial ordinance.
Others on hand echoed the sentiments of local businessman Dan Vandeventer, including some homeowners and those who own property for the purpose of renting it out. These residential ordinances require all properties to be inspected by the city inspector for health and safety hazards right down to a crack in a window pane, or a rotted siding board, even going so far as requiring that a home’s address must be visible from the street before city utilities can be turned on at the property. The ordinance apparently requires these inspections must be scheduled, and can take from one to ten days to complete, plus permitting fees must be paid. This we are told leaves renters or buyers with no recourse while waiting. This new ordinance has already been passed and enacted but after hearing from some very unhappy citizens Liberty City Council has agreed they will take another look at this controversial ordinance. For those who would like to watch a video of the meeting, KSHN.COM has it available for viewing on our YouTube page. You can see it by clicking the YouTube link on our front page at KSHN.COM.