Gil Myers, the owner of multiple properties in the near downtown area of the city, was at the Bellefontaine City Council Tuesday to respond to the numerous complaints that have been made to the council at the last several meetings.
Residents of several of Myers' properties have recently complained to council about the poor living conditions, code violations, and bedbug and pest infestations at the properties. Myers questioned whether the City Council was the appropriate place to address the complaints, saying that he and property manager Bill Yuretich have a process in place to handle the complaints of the tenants. Council President David Henry and Law Director Howard Traul agreed with Myers on this point, with Henry saying that complaints or concerns about Myers' private business practices were not within council's domain.
Prior to Myers addressing the council, Traul said that he had been in contact with the Bellefontaine Municipal Court. He reported that the Court was available to accept escrow payments from the tenants in lieu of paying rent as proscribed by the Ohio Revised Code. He also said that some tenants have already taken advantage of this line of action and advised other tenants who were present and had issues with their landlord to do the same.
Gil Myers addresses the complaints made to council about his properties
Otherwise the council sailed through its agenda, passing an ordinance which will set the salary for the sewer superintendent and allowing the city to enter into contract for the widening of State Route 47 west in front of AGC to include a turn lane and traffic light. Finance Committee Chair Mark Fissel asked that the ordinance be passed on the first and final reading - which it was without a dissenting vote- in order to start work on the project immediately. Fissel also reported to council that the bids for the project came in at over 10% of the proposal and reported that the city will make up the difference with services rather than increased expenditures.
Passed on the second reading Tuesday was an ordinance approving the extension of the city's water and sewer lines outside the corporation limits to a property owned by Doug and Jeannine Elleman, just east of South Main Street at McKeestown Road.
Council will meet again on Tuesday, October 23rd at 7:30 p.m.