A series of incidents at a home on Ridge Drive in the Rock Lake Valley subdivision finally pushed city officials to take action, DeBarr said. He said police were called there several times for reported drug activity and parties.
Those responsible were renters, but weren't on the lease.
"Through the years, we've gotten complaints from time to time," Mayor Frank Mullens said. "It seems like historically, it's an issue."
"In this case, those people are causing the neighborhood a whole lot of problems," DeBarr said.
It is thought the city's ordinance allowing boarders originated during World War II when workers flocked to the area for work in one of the many defense plants. There wasn't time to construct the housing for all of the new workers, so locals began renting out garage apartments and rooms in their homes.
Like any zoning ordinance, a resident could request an exemption to the new rule through the city's Board of Zoning Appeals.
Council members unanimously approved the first reading of the ordinance on June 20. On Friday, council could approve the ordinance on second reading, which would make it law.
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