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07-25-2000 Joint Work Session Minutes JOINT WORK SESSION -OCOEE CITY COMMISSION and CODE ENFORCEMENT BOARD HELD July 25, 2000 CALL TO ORDER Mayor pro tem Anderson and Chairman Linebarier called the joint meeting of the City Commission and Code Enforcement Board to order at 8:30 p.m. in the Commission Chambers. The rolls were called and a quorum for each board was declared present. PRESENT: Mayor Vandergrift (arrived 8:53 p.m.), Commissioners Anderson, Howell, Johnson, and Parker. Code Enforcement Board Chairman Linebarier, Members Chancey, Ellison, Holmes, Konicek, Lenko, Skiles, and Solomon. Also present were City Manager Shapiro, City Attorney Rosenthal, Board Attorney Quinn, City Clerk Grafton, Building/Zoning Official Velie, Assistant Building/Zoning Official Washington, Code Enforcement Supervisor Simon, Municipal Inspector Hendrix, Code Enforcement Officers Loeffler and Siegrist, Animal Control Officer Sherman, and Building Clerk Harris. ABSENT: Code Enforcement Board Member Godek (excused) DISCUSS ISSUES OF MUTUAL INTEREST Code Enforcement Minimum Standard Housing Code - Trailers Minimum Standard Housing Code - Houses Inspections Qualifications of Inspectors Cross Training and Use Junk Vehicles Commissioner Howell said that he had given much thought to the Minimum Housing Code and felt that it should be revised somewhat, as there appeared to be things written up unnecessarily. Discussion ensued regarding the requirements and the consequences of not enforcing the Code as written. Code Enforcement Supervisor Simon pointed out that a citation for inappropriate or cracked caulking may appear to be petty, but the consequences of letting that small item pass could possibly lead to rotting wood and termite infestation. In response to a question regarding state statute requirements regarding housing, Mrs. Simon advised that there is a Rehabilitative Housing Code and that all of the City inspectors are Certified Rehabilitative Housing Code Inspectors. As the discussion progressed the suggestion to form a joint committee made up of 2 Code Enforcement Board members, 1 City Commissioner, and 2 staff members to review the Code and come back with recommended changes was adopted without objection. City Attorney Rosenthal stated that it would not be necessary to have an attorney present at the meetings,Got City Commission Joint Workshop with Code Enforcement Board tror July 25,2000 that the meetings should be noticed. The members appointed were: Denise Lenko, Kent Skiles, Commissioner Howell, Code Enforcement Supervisor Simon, and an administrative person. This committee was given the direction to not reinvent the wheel, but to look at other cities' codes, and make recommendations that would improve the public relations in the City, while maintaining the standards. Chairman Linebarier said he believed the Code was in good shape and the system was working. When the officers bring things before the Board, having a lot of small items covered in one case is geared to get the attention of the citizen. The Board has been careful to give weight to the complaints and any fine levied has been removed if needed, as the Board has used restraint. In response to Mayor Vandergrift's request for specific items to be reviewed, the following were mentioned: safe child shopping cart ordinance, tent car ports, repeat offenders, the requirement for a post office mail box for home offices. Just prior to the meeting Ms. Lenko had distributed 2 informative handouts she wished to have copied and distributed to the citizens when they made a water/sewer deposit. ADJOURN The meeting was adjourned at 10:07 p.m. APPROVED: Attest: City of Ocoee 1 ' kig.tek J:' Grafton, City ! • k S. Scott Vandergrift, M:y Code Enforcement : . d i ohn H. Linebarier, Chairman • (or 2