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Utica considers short-term lodging, renting

Utica trustees have agreed to study adopting an overnight rental ordinance that would allow village homeowners to lease or rent short-term lodging facilities to tourists.

Village Clerk Laurie Gbur told the board her office has been receiving inquires from people interested in investing in suitable properties in Utica for overnight stays and calls from people from outside the area seeking Airbnb-style rental homes for short stays.

Gbur asked the trustees to consider the ordinance adoption that would be comparable with existing hotel/motel regulations.

Utica President David Stewart said he would have the village attorney review similar ordinances in nearby communities for future consideration. He said as long as the properties in question were well maintained at all times, he would not have a problem allowing such rentals.

Gbur and Stewart both discussed a possible annual fee for owners of such rental properties.

In other business, Village Engineer Kevin Heitz presented plans to the board to finalize work on the new Burgess Park in Ridgeview Estates subdivision.

Heitz explained the park’s design for a shelter, sidewalks and a playground area. The trustees agreed to allow the park project improvements up to a cost of $35,000.

Stewart reminded the board preliminary work on the playground must be completed before Monday, May 14, as per the agreement with Playground Equipment Co. last fall.

“This company will put together the playground equipment for us and we need to be ready for them to set it up,” he said.

Heitz also informed the board the plans for the Johns and Hitt streets project to install curbs and improve drainage would be ready for a final review at the board’s Thursday, May 10, meeting. Heitz estimated, once started, the roadwork would take “less than a full week” to complete.

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