NEW CONCORD - The village services committee will join with a group of citizens in the coming days in an effort to solve a recurring problem manifested mainly as noisy parties in residential areas.
The issue was referred to committee on Monday after a group of 10 citizens from the vicinity of Montgomery Boulevard expressed their complaints to council and the administration.
That neighborhood is zoned single-family residential.
However, some houses there had been used as rental properties for students for many years prior to the adoption of the current zoning ordinance.
Therefore, they were grandfathered in and allowed to continue as rentals.
However, the owners had to register the houses as such, pay an annual licensing fee and submit the property to an annual inspection.
Otherwise, no more than two unrelated persons may live in a given house within that residential zone.
The group, visiting council for an hour on Monday, expressed concern about one particular house on Montgomery. Group members contended that more than two unrelated people were living within the house and, in fact, many more people were frequenting the house on a nightly basis and engaging in loud parties that last until 2 or 3 a.m.
Its like were under siege every night, one neighbor said.
Village officials said that particular house was not licensed as a multi-family residence.
If investigation were to reveal that the residence were being used by more than two non-related individuals, the owner could be fined $100 per day (plus court costs) for the duration of the violation.
In other cases where zoning violations were not taking place, individuals could be fined for making excessive noise.
The penalty also would be $100 per violation. Repeat violations would draw a fine of $250.
Another citizen inquired about enforcement polices.
You can have all of the ordinances in the world, she said, but, if they are not enforced, you may as well not have any ordinances at all.
Councilman Steve Kokovich suggested that foot patrols, which have been successful in the past, might be an effective tool for curbing the disturbances.
Mayor Greg Adams urged citizens to make complaints whenever they felt circumstances merited a complaint.
He said no one should assume that another person has made the complaint.