Quincy City Council hears from housing advocates

City of Quincy

QUINCY — The Quincy City Council heard from members of the public Monday night about the status of the rental and housing in the city.

Lisa Wigoda and Aaron Coffman appeared before aldermen to discuss a rental house located on the south side of 16th and Ohio.

Wigoda, an advocate helping as an Advocate Representative of the Safe and Livable Housing Committee, helped Coffman file a Minimum Housing Complaint Form with the Quincy Inspection Office.

Coffman told the City Council he was led to believe the house was in good condition and paid more than $2,000 to rent it but, according to Coffman, the house didn’t have adequate electricity and was infested with bugs.

Aldermen referred the matter to the Quincy Police Department and the Adams County State’s Attorney’s office.

In June, the Safe and Livable Housing Committee asked the City if an individual (sister, mother, brother, friend) could be allowed to assist and support a tenant when filing the complaint form, and sign the form along with the tenant. That request was turned down, but the City did agree to allow for an organization, church or school to be an advocate and provide a representative to help tenants who may live in substandard housing.

Having an advocate was suggested because many tenants are hesitant to file a Minimum Housing Complaint Form for fear of retribution. A tenant would go to a church, organization or school on an approved list, and the representative would meet with the tenant, discuss the issue and offer help if it is needed. 

In other action, Aldermen:

Approved a request from QPD Chief Adam Yates to purchase a new K-9 officer for approximately $13,000. The current police dog is about 10 years old and is nearing retirement.

Approved a recommendation from the Traffic Commission to put stop signs at the intersection of Glenayre Way and Hollister Whitney Parkway. Traffic on Glenayre Way will stop for traffic on Hollister Whitney Parkway.

Denied a special permit for a liquor license in order to operate a video gaming parlor at 1034 N. 4th.

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