Suttle takes aim at landlords

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March 21st, 2012

Omaha, NE – Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle announced the first of two planned initiatives today to target crime in the city.

Suttle is taking aim at landlords in Omaha with chronic code violations. During his “State of the City” address earlier this year, Suttle said there is a strong link between substandard housing and criminal activity. And in a press conference Wednesday morning, Suttle announced he is setting up a task force to figure out ways to “work with landlords to comply with building codes, or more aggressively prosecute those unwilling to cooperate.”

Nebraska Watchdog’s Joe Jordan asked the Mayor how he plans to finance the initiative.

Suttle said he has asked the task force members to assemble a cost estimate of stepped-up enforcement. “So we have a degree of what’s in front of us and what we need to invest if we go forward with the implementation strategies.”

The task force will include Mayor Suttle, Council members Ben Gray and Garry Gernandt, who represent districts in North and South Omaha, members of the Omaha Police Department and city planning as well as three citizen members. The group must submit a plan to Mayor Suttle in 90 days.

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