The Lockport Common Council is considering going after landlords who own property which is not up to code. Apparently the light bulb has clicked on for the Council. In certain portions of the city, the housing stock has depreciated significantly.
This is not only the fault of the current Council, as many an Alderman has sat in the council chambers for years as the housing stock has deteriorated, but this one seems to have a real solution, as offered by Alderman Joe Kibler.
Kibler's solution? Clean up the properties and send the landlords their respective bills. Are you serious? Is that the best that you can come up with? Do you have any idea of the depths of the problem?
Whatever happened to personal responsibility? Let me break it down for you, Joe. People own properties in the city. People don't maintain said properties. City (state) has laws on the books which govern said properties. If you break the law, you go to jail. There is no better way to send a message.
Fortunately, Judge DiMillo has taken a very aggressive stance on this issue, better than Watson and Hurley. They are/were afraid of their own shadows when it comes/came to dealing with housing violations.
As for Kibler, it seems we will have two more years of his insight and wisdom to guide us, as he is unopposed for re-election, and we can all hold our collective breath waiting for the city to act on the slumlords killing the city.
The Serenity Prayer sums up this situation pretty well: God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.