November 28, 2014

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Lorain Council delays vacant-housing registry

LORAIN — A vote on a vacant-housing registry designed to improve upkeep of foreclosed homes was delayed tonight by City Council members at the request of Mayor Chase Ritenauer.

Ritenauer said the delay was prompted by concerns raised by local bankers about how to enforce the registry.

The registry would require owners, lessees or other parties in control of vacant properties to register with the city annually and be responsible for properly maintaining the properties. The registry would require $100 in annual fees and escrow accounts of at least $1,000 dollars to be established if violations weren’t addressed prior to title transfers.

Ritenauer said the delay shouldn’t be seen as a lack of support for the registry, which he said is “critical” for Lorain.

“Better to put forth something that we feel tackles every element of what we’re trying to do as opposed to something we may have questions about later,” he said. “We’ll be back with a new, better version shortly.”

Read Tuesday’s Chronicle-Telegram for more on this story.