"Good Neighbor Ordinance" proposed for Evansville

EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - A proposed Evansville city ordinance is in the works to set guidelines for how a landlord and police must respond when a tenant is found to be a nuisance.

The "Good Neighbor Ordinance" also lays out guidelines for automatic eviction which include charges of murder, rape, drugs or child molestation, just to name a few.

City Council member Stephanie Brinkerhoff-Riley says she's been collaborating with members of council, police and the local property management association.

She says the ordinance is far from final and she expects changes before its presented.

Evansville Police say it's too early to comment, but Monte Fetter, President of the Property Owners and Managers Association of Evansville, says the association can't support the ordinance in its current form.

He says it penalizes landlords and not the tenants, but he's optimistic something can be worked out.

Council President John Friend says it's a work in progress, "This is a product in process. Ok? And it's, it's... it may never, it may never get enacted. We don't know.  It could be changed dramatically from what we have today," said Friend.

Council members are set to meet with Mayor Lloyd Wine on Friday morning to discuss the "The Good Neighbor Ordinance".

No word on when a final draft of the ordinance could go in front of city council.

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