Texting, home sale disclosure take center stage at Council meeting

January 29, 2013

Council President Garry Moneypenny (W10) and Mayor Don Plusquellic introduced legislation at Monday's Council meeting that would require a homeowner to disclose any notices of housing code violations to any potential buyer. The legislation is meant to prevent a buyer from unknowingly purchasing a home that the city is considering for demolition. The legislation proposed by President Moneypenny and the Mayor was spurred by the plight of Larry Modic, who purchased an Akron home unaware that there were multiple housing code violations on the property and the city was moving forward with demolition orders. Also during the public comment period of the Council meting, Akron residents spoke both for and against legislation that would make texting while driving a primary traffic offense, which means that police could stop and ticket a driver solely for texting while driving. Council Representatives Mike Williams (At Large) and Donnie Kammer (W7) introduced the legislation. Williams said he was thankful to hear from residents about the issue, and that their concerns and comments would be considered in the final draft of the legislation.

Jan. 28, 2013 from Akron City Council on Vimeo.