In October 2017, City Council placed a moratorium on the enforcement of the Exterior Property Maintenance Code section dealing with sidewalks, parking areas and driveways pending legislative review. On February 20, 2018, City Council took legislative action to lift the moratorium and amend the code.
The amendment aligns city standards for paved surfaces more closely to the ADA (Americans With Disabilities Act). It defines what would constitute a deficiency and eliminates the confusing language regarding what requires repair or replacement. And finally, it more explicitly requires a hazardous condition to exist for a property to be deemed non-compliant. The changes are intended to make it easier for residents to understand code requirements and create greater consistency in property maintenance inspections.
Council President Nicole Dailey Jones pointed to several other process improvements that were put in place as a result of the moratorium. “Council and the administration have worked on updating our standards to make sure that we have reasonable time limits for compliance for our residents. In addition, we now have a streamlined process to request extensions of time to complete projects with a new Residential Property Maintenance Abatement Extension Request Form,” she said.
Building inspectors are now beginning to review all property maintenance violations impacted by the moratorium against the revised code requirements. Any resident with an outstanding pavement violation will receive follow up communication from the city. “The moratorium was for administration purposes only, which has resulted in a better process for our residents,” said Jones. “Now the review is over, and by lifting the moratorium a few weeks early, the Building Department can implement the revised standards as soon as the spring thaw arrives.”
Residential Permits Forum
Are you considering constructing a new fence, deck or home addition? Are you replacing your roof or remodeling your kitchen? If home improvement projects are in your future, join us for our second annual Residential Permits Forum on Monday, February 26 at 7:00pm in City Hall Council Chambers. Meet our Building Department staff and discover how you can ensure a smooth process for your upcoming projects. Get your questions answered. Do you need a building permit for your project? What kind of information do you need to submit? Residents, contractors and design professionals are encouraged to attend.
Heritage Home Program Renewed
Home improvements have never been easier. We’ve renewed North Olmsted’s participation in the Heritage Home Program for 2018. The Cleveland Restoration Society (CRS) offers free technical assistance and advice to the owners of houses that are over 50 years old. This year, more than 7,000 homes in North Olmsted qualify for this program!
Technical assistance involves site visits by CRS employees who evaluate the repairs or improvements that are necessary and appropriate for your house. CRS can provide a homeowner with a list of contractors that do the type of work your project requires. CRS also reviews and advises homeowners about contractor bids. Homeowners can apply for low interest mortgage loans at a fixed rate of 2.0% for up to 10 years. Heritage Home Program loans can be for interior as well as exterior repairs, maintenance, additions and modernizations. Kitchen and bath remodels are two popular uses.
Learn more at www.heritagehomeprogram.org/ and look for an information session about the program this May.
Calling All Artists!
The North Olmsted’s Arts Commission is looking for artwork from local artists to display on a temporary basis at North Olmsted City Hall. This is an opportunity for artists and art groups to introduce or expand upon the visibility of their artwork through interaction with the local viewing public. Learn more here.