Now that the City of Lakewood has changed the name of their proposed Rental Inspection Program (RIP) by adding the word SAFETY to create a new name which reads Rental Registration & Safety Inspection Program (RRSIP), it only makes sense for City Council to request that the city’s Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC) become involved in the research and evaluation process.
Mr. Charles Ames, who is a member and Assistant Chairman of PSAC, already has adamantly publicly declared during the July 5, 2016, public hearing that he strongly supports City Council’s RRSIP.
I just finished two years on PSAC with my last meeting in July 2016. I am on record for being adamantly opposed to RRSIP.
PSAC could invite citizens to talk in favor and in opposition to RRSIP during either the public comment section or as guest speakers. I would be willing to speak for the opposition. PSAC can research ramifications of similar programs established in other cities across the nation including the Fourth Amendment issue.
City Council, please consider giving your very own Public Safety Advisory Committee one year to explore the pros and cons of RRSIP.
After an intelligent process PSAC can report back to City Council with one of several options.
- Recommendation for approval of RRSIP.
- Recommendation for disapproval of RRSIP.
- Recommendation for modifications to the RRSIP.
- Recommendation for entirely new plan.
- Recommendation that City Council do nothing regarding slumlord properties.
Now that the word SAFETY has been added to the title, Rental Registration & Safety Inspection Program, it makes solid sense for City Council to explore the matter with PSAC.