TWINSBURG – City Council is considering establishing a new chapter of city ordinances regulating short-term rental properties. Legislation was on its first reading at Council’s Sept. 10 meeting.

"Because we’re seeing more and more of these short-term rentals, such as Airbnbs, and there are no regulations governing them now, city officials thought drafting this new chapter would be beneficial," explained Law Director David Maistros. "It will not prohibit such rentals, it will just regulate them."

Maistros said there have been calls to the police department for noise disturbances or disorderly conduct related to short-term rentals, and the new chapter would allow the city to identify and issue permits for such rentals.

He added there has been one short-term leased property to which police have been called on several occasions.

The regulations would require an owner/manager of a home or property to obtain a permit before engaging in a short-term lease. The permit would be for one year, and must be renewed each year if the leasing is to continue. The annual fee for processing of the permit is $75.

Other requirements include providing the name of the short-term rental host, revealing any conditions which may present a danger to guests and providing a phone number of a local person who can resolve any complaints about the short-term use of the property.

The regulations also cover occupancy, liability, record-keeping, grounds for denial or revocation of a permit, display of a permit and penalties for non-compliance. Violators of the regulations are subject to a $250 fine and/or 30 days imprisonment. Subsequent violations could bring a $500 fine and/or 60 days imprisonment.

Other business

Before the regular Council meeting, the capital improvements board met for the first time to review capital spending requests for 2020.

Finance Director Sarah Buccigross said department heads submitted capital requests worth $4.8 million, but the administration slashed that to $1.6 million, which is $140,000 under Buccigross’ target amount. She said $374,000 are expenditures which cannot be avoided, such as previously approved vehicle leases.

Among the largest individual items on the proposed capital improvements list are a new community center roof ($250,000), fleet replacement ($205,000), 5-ton truck lease ($185,000), vehicle storage/roof replacement ($140,000), Chamberlin Park amphitheater upgrades ($95,000) and a fire truck lease ($86,000).

Once the board approves the improvements list, the finance committee will review it and send it on to Council later this year.

In other action Sept. 10, Council approved the extension until November 2020 of an occupancy permit for a temporary classroom at New Adventures Early Learning and Child Development Center.

Council also OK’d appropriating $45,790 from the capital building fund for installing electric car battery charging stations at various locations. The Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council will provide grants funds of $42,518 toward the project.

Fire Chief Tim Morgan reported his crews responded to 261 calls in August, bringing the total for the first eight months of 2019 to 1,952, a 2 percent increase over 2018.

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