Gold Hill Council to Consider Downtown Nuisance and Blight
Gold Hill City officials will look to fire inspectors and legal counsel today for aid in determining the legality of inspecting what they say are unapproved and possibly unsafe downtown dwellings.
Tenants in some of the downtown buildings say random inspections violate their privacy.
The City Council has recently discussed nuisance and blight issues related to the string of properties — particularly trash piles along alleyways and transients sleeping in doorways — on the city's main drag.
Business owners admit the properties with peeling paint and dusty windows could use some renovating but say they appreciate the downtown location and low rents.
The buildings contain an assortment of businesses, including a laundromat, an art gallery, and a tie-dye and gem shop, along with a handful of spaces with no apparent uses.
City Manager Rick Hohnbaum, who told the council it could declare the dwellings in violation of code and push for abatement, said the city would look into grant funding for downtown renovation to both improve the look of the business district and ensure public safety.
Inspections conducted last September by Fire District No. 3 found that some of the units were likely being used as dwellings.
City officials said they will discuss the downtown dwellings during a regular City Council meeting at 6:30 p.m. today at City Hall, 420 Sixth Ave.