291.01   RESIDENTIAL HOUSING ASSISTANCE BOARD.
   (a)   The Residential Housing Assistance Board shall consist of a minimum of ten (10) members appointed by the Mayor with the approval of Council for overlapping terms of three (3) years until a successor is appointed and the terms shall be staggered.
   (b)   The Residential Housing Assistance Board shall include a balanced representation of the following groups located within the City of Fairlawn.
      (1)   A bank or other financial institution that loans money;
      (2)   A nonprofit builder or developer of housing;
      (3)   A for profit builder or developer of housing;
      (4)   A for profit builder or developer of rental housing:
      (5)   A real estate broker licensed under Ohio R.C. Chapter 3745;
      (6)   A professional with knowledge regarding rental housing and fair housing issues;
      (7)   A resident of the City of Fairlawn that could receive housing assistance through this program;
      (8)   A member of the Real Property Maintenance Board;
      (9)   A member of Fairlawn City Council;
      (10)   A member of City of Fairlawn Administration.
   (c)   A member who has a personal or financial interest in the premises or dwelling that is the subject of the hearing or determination by the Residential Housing Assistance Board shall be precluded from sitting on the Residential Housing Assistance Board for that particular hearing or determination.
   (d)   The Board may meet as many times per year as it determines is appropriate under the circumstances, however, the Board shall meet at least once annually in the last quarter of the year.
   (e)   Meetings shall commence at a time and place designated by the Residential Housing Assistance Board. No business shall proceed without a quorum present. A quorum shall consist of a majority of members appointed to the Residential Housing Assistance Board.
   (f)   The Residential Housing Assistance Board shall, by its own vote, elect at the first meeting of each year a chairperson who shall preside at each meeting as well as a vice chairperson who shall preside in the absence of the chairperson.
   (g)   The Residential Housing Assistance Board is a public board and shall meet the requirements of the open records and meetings provisions of the Ohio Revised Code, Codified Ordinances of the City of Fairlawn and Charter of the City of Fairlawn.
   (h)   The following residents of the City of Fairlawn shall be eligible to receive the reimbursement of funds through the administration of the Residential Housing Assistance Board.
      (1)   Owner occupants of residential property constructed within the City of Fairlawn on or before January 1, 2000 and/or are five (5) years beyond its certificate of occupancy for the residential structure.
      (2)   Owner occupants of two (2) family or three (3) family residential property constructed within the City of Fairlawn on or before January 1, 2000 and/or are ten (10) years beyond its certificate of occupancy for the residential structure.
   (i)   An eligible owner occupant may receive reimbursement after installation and receiving inspection approval for implementation of water control devices installed on or after July 1, 2003 within the subject real estate for the lesser of fifty percent (50%) of the reasonable and necessary cost of the material and installation of said flood control devices up to a maximum of two thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500.00) which are intended to prevent storm water or waste water flooding, including, but not limited to, back flow preventers, sump pumps, sump pump back-up battery systems, the disconnecting of storm drains from sanitary drains; surface mounding in flood plain areas constructed pursuant to the requirements of Chapter 1460 of this Code: and other related items including surface drainage devices such as french drains and interior perimeter floor french drains connected to a sump pump which empties into a storm water sewer or exterior surface drainage device. Priority for the installation of water control devices is: first, back flow preventers; second, sump pumps and sump pump back up battery systems; third, disconnecting of storm drains from sanitary sewers; fourth, surface drainage devices such as mounding and french drains, and fifth, other flood control related items. The following flood control related items shall not be considered flood control devices: (1) landscaping and/or other changes to topography of the applicant's real estate; (2) Basement wall waterproofing, interior or exterior; and (3) Cleaning or replacing gutters and down spouts. An eligible owner occupant is entitled to reimbursement for up to two thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500.00) during the life of this program.
   (j)   The Council of the City of Fairlawn shall each year appropriate funds it determines are available for said program and the Residential Housing Assistance Board shall be limited in its power to approve reimbursements to approve the eligible residents by the amount appropriated for this purpose by Fairlawn's City Council. The Residential Housing Assistance Board shall formulate rules, regulations and forms to implement the payment of the appropriations of Fairlawn's City Council for this program.
      (1)   The rules and regulations formulated by the Residential Housing Assistance Board shall be presented to Council for review and final approval before implementation.
      (2)   The Residential Housing Assistance Board shall receive applications from eligible residents. The applications received shall be considered by the aforementioned Board for eligibility, priority, and payment.
      (3)   The Board shall give priority to eligible residents who are over the age of sixty-five (65); persons receiving government disability payments, permanently or totally disabled under the age of sixty-five (65) and entitled to the homestead exemption provided by Ohio Law; a surviving spouse entitled to the homestead exemption provided by Ohio Law, or whose household income is at or below federal poverty standards. Applicants may volunteer to provide or not to provide the foregoing information.
   (k)   The decision of the Residential Housing Assistance Board shall be final and the resident shall have the right to appeal said decision by the method provided by the Ohio Revised Code for the appeal of administrative decisions.
   (l)   Inspections required by the Residential Housing Assistance Board shall be performed by the County of Summit Department of Environmental Services or any other entity so designated by the City of Fairlawn Administration.
      (1)   Inspections of water control devices implemented and installed prior to the passage of this section may be performed by a qualified employee of the City of Fairlawn designated by the Mayor of the City of Fairlawn.
(Ord. 2004-085S.  Passed 12-20-04; Ord. 2006-046. Passed 6-19-06; Ord. 2006-065.  Passed 9-18-06; Ord. 2006-087. Passed 10-2-06; Ord. 2006-102A.  Passed 2-5-06; Ord. 2007-060.  Passed 9-4-07; Ord. 2009-006.  Passed 2-23-09; Ord. 2012-063A.  Passed 10-1-12; Ord. 2016-091A.  Passed 1-23-17.)