Councilors divided over scope, need for 'livability' ordinance


October 2, 2019

The question of whether Sweet Home should try to do something about rathole rentals led to extensive discussion by the City Council at its Sept. 24 meeting.

The issue has been on the council’s radar since 2016, and it reappeared in late August, when members discussed a Corvallis ordinance they are considering adapting for use to improve livability in Sweet Home residences.

The Sept. 24 discussion centered on whether state law and existing city ordinances provide officials with necessary tools to address squalid and unhealthy living conditions, or whether they should.

City Manager Ray T...

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