Mediapolis will not fine owner of home where three disabled adults live

MEDIAPOLIS — Connie Schwartz’s three-month struggle with City Hall led to her favor Monday when she discovered she will not be fined for housing three disabled people. 

“I’m relieved, as a result of this is not about me in any respect,” Schwartz instructed The Hawk Eye after the Mediapolis City Council voted not to implement a residential ordinance that forbids a number of unrelated individuals from sharing a home. “This is about the best for individuals with disabilities to be handled like all people else … and not be shunned like they have been 50 years in the past.”

The unanimous vote in favor of a movement put ahead by councilman Randy Doyle adopted about 20 minutes of dialogue between metropolis council members and William Jahn Jr., town’s legal professional, throughout closed session.

From left, Cheyenne Arnold, a program assistant who provides services to the three residents of 312 North St. in Mediapolis; Mediapolis resident Jackie Poggemiller; and owners of 312 North St. and Mediapolis Care Facility Connie and Keith Schwartz peer inside City Hall Monday as the Mediapolis City Council discusses whether to fine the Shwartzes for their use of 312 North St. as an HCBS waiver home, which the city argues is in violation of its low-density residential zoning ordinance.

“With regard to the property at 312 North St., I transfer that no enforcement motion be taken right now to be used of the property by a number of unrelated people which is in violation of our R-1A zoning ordinance,” Doyle mentioned when the council went again into open session.

Schwartz was notified in January by Jahn that she would want to make various dwelling preparations for not less than two of the home’s residents or face every day fines of as much as $1,000. At subject was the truth that the single-family home’s three residents are not associated, which — had the property not certified for a home- and community-based providers waiver — can be in violation of town’s R-1A zoning ordinance. 

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Per Iowa Code 414.32, cities are to deal with HCBS waiver properties as permitted use buildings in all residential zones and districts.

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