Local Legislative Update – April 2014

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Between various meetings and getting ready for the upcoming RPAC auction, the last month has kept the Government Affairs Department busy.

Our Government Affairs Director (GAD), Jamie McMillen, met with the City of Beachwood’s Economic Development Director, James Doutt, and his assistant, Sally Deitrick. The trio discussed the city and its attributes, as well as the footprint of the Akron Cleveland Realtors since the merger.

The GAD also sat down with representatives from the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office regarding a prescription drug drop off program. The representatives noted that many prescriptions are now considered as valuable as jewelry and cash. The S.O. is encouraging Realtors® to educate their clients about the safe and proper disposal of unused medications, especially before an open house.  Additionally, it is important to note that medications should not be flushed down toilets or emptied into sinks as they can contaminate the area water supply. Secure drug drop boxes are available throughout Cuyahoga and Summit Counties, with a list of locations available at RXDrugDropBox.org.

The Legislative Committee is continuing its work on the development of a comprehensive policy manual.  They have also been monitoring legislation in Bedford Heights that would require property owners of rentals to identify an Agent in Charge. The group’s concerns include, but are not limited to, the identified person being just as responsible for the property as the owner (court appearance, fees, compliance, etc.); no safeguard in place to ensure a Realtor’s® signature is not forged on a document; and it was unclear what would happen if no AIC was identified. An analysis of the ordinance was completed and a letter was sent to the mayor about some of those concerns. The legislation was tabled giving the City a chance to review many of points raised by ACAR.

Mayors were invited to join ACAR in recognizing April as Fair Housing Month. To date, Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald, Mayor Merle Gorden of Beachwood, and Mayor Michael Byrne of Parma Heights have joined our efforts.

The Legislative Committee and RPAC Trustees would like to remind ACAR members to vote in the May 6th Primary.  The Ohio Association of Realtors® is supporting Issue 1, a renewal of the public works bond issue that has served Ohio communities successfully for 27 years. More information is available here.

Last but certainly not least, we hope you will join us for the annual RPAC auction on Thursday, May 8th, from 5 – 9pm at the Shiners’ Hall in Broadview Heights. The theme is, “There’s No Place Like Home.”  The auction block promises to have something for nearly everyone. Some of big ticket items include a big screen Smart TV, excellent seats for different Indians games, Jimmy Buffet tickets, and much more to be announced on the ACAR Facebook page. Click here to register and learn more.

The Government Affairs Director can be reached at jmcmillen@AkronClevelandRealtors.com.

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