Changes sought in nuisance law, motel licensing

Police officers tend to focus on enforcing laws, not changing or enacting them.

But at a meeting last week, Columbus officers Larry Geis and Scott Clinger, with help from Assistant City Attorney William D. Sperlazza, promoted campaigns to do both. The gathering for Block Watch coordinators from the Northland area was more about rallying the troops than relaying information.

Proposed changes

What Clinger and Geis are hoping to see is an amendment to state law making violent crime a component in declaring bars, restaurants, after-hours clubs, motels and other venues to be public nuisances.

They also are seeking support for passage of an ordinance granting city officials some say in licensing hotels and motels, currently a function solely of state government.

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By KEVIN PARKS  Tuesday January 27, 2015