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Landlord defends actions

After weeks of public bashing, landlord Gilbert Myers told the Bellefontaine City Council he has in place methods for addressing tenant concerns.

“I want to give you my side,” he said at Tuesday’s meeting. “In the past several meetings, you’ve been bombarded by a lot of information ... disinformation.

“We have a work order procedure in place for our  tenants or they can contact the property manager directly as they did today when we had three furnaces go out. As we speak, all three are back up and running.”

Mr. Myers owns several properties on the near north side of the downtown. Most are rooming houses.

But a duplex at 121 E. Brown Ave. has been the focal point of complaints for the past several months.

It is infested with bedbugs and resident Jackie Bevins says Mr. Myers has not done enough to eradicate the pests.

She said again Tuesday she has been cooperative.

Mr. Myers, who is attempting to evict Ms. Bevins, said he has offered to move her into a single-family residence and take extraordinary steps to treat her accumulated possessions and clothing and the residence for the pests as part of the move.

He noted he has invested in heat treatment equipment to fight bedbugs at his properties.

He also said he had taken care of an electrical panel with exposed wires at the property, a problem he learned while reading the Examiner.

In other action, the council passed on first and final reading a measure to accept a bid for widening State Route 47 at AGC Automotives Americas, 1465 W. Sandusky Ave.

The project came in more than 10 percent higher than estimates. Still, with in-kind services, the city’s share of the project will be around $16,000, much less than the budgeted amount of $40,000.

Council members were asked if any would like to travel to Suzuka, Japan, Nov. 29 through Dec. 3 in place of Mayor Adam Brannon.

He is unable to attend the 70th anniversary celebrations of Bellefontaine’s sister city because of the pending birth of his second child and other personal reasons.

Kris Swisher and Vickie Elder of the International Friendship Center said it would be “a slap in the face” of Suzuka if Bellefontaine does not send a representative.

Ms. Elder is willing to go, but City Auditor Jack Reser believes Bellefontaine cannot use city funds to send someone outside the city on a trip.

Service-Safety Director James Holycross said he may be able to fill the mayor’s slot.

The next council meeting is at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23.

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