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Chillicothe Council Delays Drug Lab Law

Chillicothe Council Delays Drug Lab Law

Pat Patrick says she learned of legal concerns about the drug manufacturing ordinance, and made sure that it was not read or passed Monday night.  A special committee will meet with the Law Director Thursday to discuss the issue. 

Council had started the evening by going into executive session for ten minutes to "discuss pending litigation." 

Landlord Joe Sharp continued his argument against the legislation by comparing Chillicothe's aggressive adaptation from the law in other cities.  He also noted the difference between action at the scene by first responders, and cleaning up after the drug bust. 

Sharp pointed out some of the differences between Chillicothe's adaptation, and the law it was modeled it after - like whether the city goes after the tenant or the landlord for the costs. 

Patrick said the landlord could "go after their tenant," if the city chose to go after the landlord, for the cost of busting a drug lab. 

Sharp said he had filed a complaint with the Civil Service, which may have led to the letter from Legal Aid. 

A landlord herself, Patrick says all this is part of the risk of being a landlord. 

Sharp also said how this could have a chilling effect on landlords renting to people with any kind of connection to drug history, even if they are reformed...and that could be discriminatory. 

Council also enacted the Downtown Development Commission, after differences were resolved over commission members and term lengths.  

Kevin Coleman regularly reports on Chillicothe & Circleville councils and local culture

 

 

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