Emporia City Commission to consider increasing minimum temperature requirements on rental housing Featured

Emporia City Commissioners met Wednesday morning for their bi-monthly study session. Emporia City Commissioners met Wednesday morning for their bi-monthly study session. Photo by Brandon Peoples/KVOE News

The Emporia City Commission had a rather short study session on Wednesday morning.


One of the items being considered is a change to the rental housing ordinance regarding minimum temperature requirements. The change will require landlords to increase the minimum temperature in rental units from Oct. 1 to May 15 each year. City Commissioner Rob Gilligan.

By raising the minimum temperature, city officials hope to minimize the risk of fire hazards from secondary heating sources such as space heaters. The item will be considered during the city commission's Sept. 19 action meeting.

Commissioners also heard an update on a proposed land bank ordinance being drafted by City Attorney Christina Montgomery. A requirement of a land bank would be to have the ability to accept or refuse to accept any property into the land bank. Gilligan, who has championed the idea of a land bank says he's pleased with the progress made so far.

The city commission's goal is to use the 7-member community housing board which they would be tasked with. Each year, Gilligan says the city on average looks to dispose of about five properties or less.

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