City Council changes code to stipulate who can live in a home in certain neighborhoods
Watertown (WTNY) -- Watertown City Council has made a slight change to the city codes that better stipulate who can live in a home in certain neighborhoods.
The issue recently came up regarding residents living in a home along Thompson Blvd. Travis Hartman owns a home at 257 Thompson. Not only has he lived there recently, but his fiance and two friends have as well. No one is paying rent and the friends are simply helping with other costs according to Hartman. Neighbor Deborah Cavallario has publicly stated she is worried that such living arrangements go against residential codes for that neighborhood and most of the council agreed. In a 3-2 vote, the council changed the code slightly, which would make such future arrangements illegal.
Voting against the measure were Mayor Jeff Graham and Councilwoman Terresa Macaluso.
Opponents to the plan have questioned whether the new code are even enforceable.
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