HERMITAGE – With a new rental property ordinance on the books in Hermitage, city commissioners are looking to put the law into action.

The Hermitage Board of Commissioners approved the rental property inspection ordinance at their February meeting, though work on implementing the ordinance moved forward at Thursday night’s workshop, which involved setting the licensing fees and appointing the rental property inspector.

The licensing fee will be approved in a resolution separate from the main rental property ordinance, which Hermitage City Manager Gary Hinkson said can be put on the agenda for the next commissioners’ meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The proposed inspection fees would be $50 per unit, for up to six units in a building. A duplex would be $100 per year, while a single-family home would be $50, Hinkson said.

“Now if you had a 10-unit building, the inspection fee would be $400 a year, with $200 per year for the building and $20 per unit,” he said.

Re-inspection fees, if the inspector finds an issue at a unit and has to return, would be set at $25, $50, $75, then $100, Hinkson said.

“It would be on a graded scale, depending on how many times the inspector has to go back,” Hinkson said.

Handling the actual inspections of the rental properties will be Lawrence C. Clark, who was appointed to Deputy Fire Marshal with the Hermitage Volunteer Fire Department on Thursday.

Prior to his appointment, Clark served as a volunteer with the fire department for seven years and worked as a police officer with the Sharpsville Police Department since 2008. Prior to his service as a police officer, Clark worked as an EMT with McGonigle Ambulance Service.

“He told us that his lifelong goal was to be a firefighter, so we liked that,” Hermitage fire Chief John Flynn said at Thursday’s meeting.

Clark’s appointment will go into effect April 1. Aside from his primary responsibilities of administering the rental property licensing and inspection program, Clark will continue to be an active firefighter and member of the department’s management team.

He lives in Hermitage with his wife and daughter.

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