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NOTICE PROPOSED ORDINANCE NOTICE IS HERE

NOTICE PROPOSED ORDINANCE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, That the City Council of the City of Worthington, Minnesota is considering the adoption of an ordinance entitled “AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND WORTHINGTON CITY CODE TITLE XV, CHAPTER 150: BUILDING REGULATIONS TO ESTABLISH CHANGES TO RENTAL PROPERTY STANDARDS, INSPECTIONS, AND ENFORCEMENT. The City Council of the City of Worthington, Do Ordain: New text is indicated by underlining and text being deleted is struck out: Section I The Worthington City Code, Title XV, Section 150.10 (D) Schedule of fees and fines shall be amended to read as the following: (D) Schedule of fees and fines. The City Council shall adopt a schedule of fees and administrative fines to defray the cost of inspection, enforcement, and administration of the provisions of this section. (1) In the event an owner fails or refuses to allow entry into the rental property for inspection purposes, and the City is required to obtain a court order allowing the City to do so, the owner shall, in addition to any other fees or fines, be liable for all fees and costs incurred by the City in connection with the enforcement of the Rental Housing Code, including attorney fees. Such fees and costs shall be in addition to any other remedies available to the City under the Rental Housing Code under Sections R and S of the Rental Housing Code, including the designation of the property as “unfit for human habitation, the prohibition of occupancy of the property, by the current or future occupants, or the demolition of the dwelling or other improvement of the property as deemed necessary to eliminate the hazard to the public or occupant. Section II The Worthington City Code, Title XV, Section 150.10 (H) Minimum standards for basic equipment and facilities shall be amended to read as the following: (9) Each dwelling unit shall have at least one fire extinguisher with a minimum UL rating of at least 2-A:10-B:C in the kitchen. Fire extinguisher shall be located in an easily accessible location and maintained in good working condition at all times. (10) In addition to the requirements of section H (9), all buildings containing three (3) or more dwelling units, shall supply on each floor, including the basement, one fire extinguisher with a minimum UL rating of at least 2-A:10-B:C. Fire extinguisher shall be conspicuously and conveniently located so that the extinguisher is not more than five (5) feet, nor less than two (2) feet, above the floor in public halls or corridors and so maintained as to be in good working condition at all time. (11) At least one smoke or fire detection device must be located on each level of the dwelling unit. On the level containing the kitchen, the smoke or fire detection device must be located within 10 feet of the kitchen. Additionally, one smoke or fire detection device must be located in each room used for sleeping, plus one within 10 feet of the outside each room used for sleeping (or one outside a group of rooms used for sleeping). The smoke or fire detection device outside sleeping rooms may qualify as the required one for that level so as long as all other requirements specified are met. (12) At least one carbon monoxide detector shall be located on each level of a dwelling unit. Section III The Worthington City Code, Title XV, Section 150.10 (L) Maximum density, minimum space, use and location requirements shall be amended to read as the following: (4) All rooms used for sleeping shall have a minimum of 70 square feet for one occupant. In the case of multiple occupants there shall be a minimum of 50 square feet per person. Section IV The Worthington City Code, Title XV, Section 150.10 (T) Appeals shall be amended to read as the following: (3) The continued occupancy of the dwelling or rental unit by the current tenant may continue during any appeal process hereunder unless the appropriate authority deems that the violation of the rental housing code poses an immediate hazard or danger to the occupant, in which case the property shall be vacated immediately and not further occupied by anyone until the hazard or danger has been abated or otherwise removed and the City determines resumed occupancy does not pose an immediate hazard or danger to the occupant. Which proposed ordinance was given its first reading at a Regular Meeting of the City Council held on Monday, December 12, 2022 Said proposed ordinance will again be considered by the City Council at a Regular Meeting to be held at 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, December 27, 2022 in the City Hall Council Chambers, 303 Ninth Street of said City. Dated this December 21, 2022 Mindy L. Eggers, City Clerk City of Worthington (Dec. 21, 2022) 132048