St. Louis Park forming task force to study crime-free, drug-free ordinance

February 21, 2019 06:08 PM

The City of St. Louis Park wants to bring renters, landlords and others to the same table to take a look at the city's crime-free, drug-free ordinance.

That ordinance was the focus of a 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS investigation that found more than 150 renters in the city were forced from their homes, even though they were never convicted or charged with a crime.

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In December, the city council voted unanimously to place a moratorium on the policy. City leaders pushed for a task force to study the issue more deeply, examine the impact and explore any changes.

Several council members, including Anne Mavity, have expressed interest in repealing the ordinance entirely.

"I've had concerns about the crime-free ordinance since I started," Mavity said in an interview.

The city opened the application process at the end of January. The workgroup will be comprised of 10 members, who will meet monthly. The group will hold at least two public forums to gather community and stakeholder input on the ordinance.

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The group is expected to work for six to eight months. According to information from the city, the group will come up with recommendations for the city council to consider.

"We want to be thoughtful," Mavity said. "This ordinance has been in place for more than 10 years and when we make a change, we want that to be an informed change and a lasting change.

Applications will be accepted through Feb. 28.
 

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