- "Why do we want to make it easier for people who are moving out.....?"
It is disturbing that Georgine Welo finds it appropriate to attempt to obstruct or hinder the free will of someone wanting to sell their home and move to another location. Subjecting people to complications and deterrents is an ineffective scheme to coerce someone to remain in South Euclid. This tactic is not unlike physically erecting roadblocks and barricades at the city borders to prevent departure. This attitude does not portray the City government as resident friendly, and certainly will not assist the effort to attract prospective newcomers. Welo offers her justification for South Euclid to jump on the bandwagon, "Most cities have point-of-sale inspections." Perhaps this is just another veiled excuse to collect more money from the hardworking taxpayers of the city.
- SOUTH EUCLID ALREADY HAS A PROGRAM FOR EXTERIOR HOME INSPECTIONS.
In the words of Councilwoman Jane Goodman from her blog dated February 15, 2007, regarding "Point-of-Sale" inspections: "These inspections would be the same type of exterior inspections we already require, no more and no less."..."We will continue to do regular door-to-door inspections, starting the cycle again in 2008 and continuing whether point-of-sale is in place or not, and our inspectors will continue to respond to neighbors' complaints and cite high grass and weeds."
- Below is a an explanation from the City website regarding their current program for exterior home inspection. Why isn't the current program sufficient and/or enforced? Why charge the homeowner even more money than they are already paying in excruciatingly high taxes to get the same job done? Why burden the homeowner with the preposterous escrow scheme?
"PROPERTY MAINTENANCE PROGRAMS An exterior housing inspection of all property on selected streets will be made this spring. The inspection of sidewalks and aprons will be conducted independently of the housing inspection program. This systematic inspection program is an important means in achieving the goals of the City Strategic Plan as it relates to maintaining and enhancing the quality of life, safety and the property values of our neighborhoods. The Sidewalk Inspection Program provides options and flexibility to property owners for facilitating the necessary sidewalk repairs in a timely manner, thus assuring a safe sidewalk for pedestrian use. The exterior of approximately 1/5 of the City's homes are visually inspected each year to assure upkeep of housing stock. Residents are notified of any problems which need to be corrected and given adequate time to correct any deficiencies. Items checked are gutters, downspouts, masonry, sidewalks, driveways, aprons, siding, paint, windows and general cleanliness. Residents of streets scheduled for inspection this spring will be mailed detailed information regarding the inspection programs. If you have any questions regarding either the Sidewalk Inspection Program or the Exterior Inspection Program, please do not hesitate to contact the Building Department at (216) 381-0400 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. We will be glad to assist you."
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