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Greg Desrosiers/TSM - Mayor Jon Mitchell signing Problem Properties Ordinance.
Greg Desrosiers/TSM - Mayor Jon Mitchell signing Problem Properties Ordinance.

Mayor Mitchell Signs Problem Properties Ordinance

After two years and countless amendments, the "Problem Properties" Ordinance was signed into law by Mayor Jon Mitchell Wednesday afternoon.

The law holding landlords responsible for the conduct of their tenants will be in effect immediately.

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“Problem Properties” Ordinance Moves Ahead Once Again

The city's "problem properties" ordinance has been kicked around City Hall for nearly two years now.

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Kerry Winterson, Facebook

Winterson One of Three Councilors Opposed to “Problem Properties” Ordinance

Ward Five City Councilor Kerry Winterson seems to be cool to Mayor Mitchell's proposed "problem properties" ordinance.

Winterson was one of three councilors to vote against the ordinance in committee Tuesday night

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Jim Phillips | TSM
Jim Phillips | TSM

“Problem Properties” Goes Before Ordinance Committee Again

An ordinance designed to hold landlords accountable has remained in committee for two years, but could be decided on Tuesday night.

Mayor Jon Mitchell's "Problem Properties" proposal will again be discussed in the City Council's Committee on Ordinances, after undergoing revisions

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Mayor Jon Mitchell introduces his proposed "Problem Properties" ordinance in front of a run-down home on Ashley St. in 2013. Taylor Cormier/Townsquare Media
Mayor Jon Mitchell introduces his proposed "Problem Properties" ordinance in front of a run-down home on Ashley St. in 2013. Taylor Cormier/Townsquare Media

Mitchell Pushes For Passage of Problem Properties Ordinance

The New Bedford City Council is getting set to once again discuss Mayor Jon Mitchell's proposed "Problem Properties" ordinance.

Speaking on his weekly radio program, Mitchell says the ordinance has been in and out of committee for nearly two years, and needs

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Jim Phillips | TSM
Jim Phillips | TSM

Councilors Delay Third Version of ‘Problem Properties’ Ordinance

The New Bedford City Council has once again tabled Mayor Jon Mitchell's "Problem Properties" ordinance.

The Council's Committee on Ordinances last night weighed the third version of the ordinance, which has been whittled down to bring action against landlords after eight valid complaints of a criminal nature, instead of ten complaints that would have included criminal, code, and zoning violations

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Sean Gallup/Getty Images
Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Decades-Old Ordinance Bans Beekeeping In New Bedford

A local man says he would like to see beehives and beekeeping in New Bedford.

There's one problem though....a 1976 ordinance bans the practice in the Whaling City.

Ecotoxicologist Dr. Michael Patnaude says he wants to see the City Council take steps to either repeal or revise the ordinance

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City Council Debates New “Problem Properties” Ordinance

Mayor Jon Mitchell is touting a new ordinance to address "problem properties" in the city, and that's not sitting well with some City Councilors.

The Council debated the recently-drafted ordinance Thursday, which would bill property owners for excessive police calls or code violations

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