LOGAN – Mayor Holly Daines received unanimous support from the City Council on her six-point plan for improving Logan neighborhoods. The plan takes a stronger position on enforcement codes and provides low- and moderate-income homeowners more assistance.
But some members of the public, including Brayden O’Brien, felt the new plan will have too much impact on students, which would raise over-occupancy fees from $50 to $250 a day.
O’Brien said enforcing the law overwhelmingly hurts students.
“In many cases more than three people live in these homes and are doing just fine, and I understand that’s current city law,” he said. “I think that it’s a law that should change because I think it harms students and students are overwhelmingly impacted by this issue and don’t want to live in luxury apartment complexes, but just want to live in a small home, pay a reasonable rent and finish their time out here in school.”
Council member Herm Olsen said if the plan is adopted he would like to see it reviewed carefully in a few years. Of the new members of the council, Amy Anderson said she ran for a seat mainly because she wanted to help improve neighborhoods. She said she is excited to see Daines move forward with the neighborhood initiative.
“There are things we can do to help improve our quality of life and the quality of life of our neighbors here in Logan,” she said. “Looking at the grant program, which allows families who are low-to-moderate income here in Logan to have a matching program to do some of those exterior improvements is going to prove to be a win-win for everybody involved.”