Richardson said a recent example of such activity in Moraine came at a home on Dixie Highway that had been converted to a rental property. In that case, the owner of the home lived out of state, Richardson said.
“His local agent was the one that was inviting the drug dealers in and drug trafficking (himself),” he said. Police responded to the site about a dozen times in 18 months, towing stolen vehicles from the driveway on multiple occasions and discovering hypodermic needles in the neighbors’ flower beds.
“The guy was just a thorn in our side,” Richardson said. “The level of calls for service was a drain on resources.”
He said a proposed amended nuisance law would have been “handy to have” in dealing with past issues because it forces a property owner to take action to get the criminal element out of a location. If a property owner does not heed the order within 30 days, they can be required to have the property vacated for up to 365 days, Richardson said.
Richardson, who said the new ordinance will have “a direct positive impact” for Moraine, said the city has come to realize that there are many times when a property owner may be unaware or unable to address certain issues at a property they own.
“These issues generally occur at a property they are leasing out or don’t have direct control over for some reason,” he said. “Moraine residents, businesses and workers will benefit from an ordinance which allows the city to work directly with residential and commercial property owners in order to make their property and the surrounding environment safer.”
Council member Randy Daugherty said the measure is “sure needed.”
“There’s probably not a community throughout the (area) that doesn’t have a house that fits that bill, that they just can’t seem to get anything done with,” Daugherty said.