The proposed amendment includes changes in language to avoid potential conflicts and to bring the ordinance into compliance. (See the images below.) In addition, fees will be excised from the ordinance and moved to a separate fee schedule, to be adopted this coming January. The move is necessary because by law, council must amend fees by resolution, whereas an ordinance must be amended via another ordinance.
The proposed change will be advertised, and council plans to vote on it at the November 24 meeting. Councilman Howard Stevens told Columbia Spy he is in favor of the changes, since he had promised residents that codes issues would be addressed.
Items in red indicate proposed changes to the ordinance: