The Coshocton County Beacon September 19, 2018 - Page 5

www.coshoctonbeacontoday.com SEPTEMBER 19, 2018 THE BEACON 5 Vacant properties ordinance to be enforced starting Nov. 1 Wellness has many dimensions Emily Buxton Marrison | Contributed COSHOCTON - As a child I can remember thinking how nice it would be when I graduated from school, because then all the tests would be over. No more studying, no more stress! But it is all too obvious now that life continues to bring tests to us, and often when we least expect it. Th e National Institute of Health (NIH) off ers some excel- lent wellness resources including an “Emotional Wellness Checklist.” You may have seen in your own life that how you react to experiences and feelings has changed through- out your life. According to the NIH, “Emotional wellness is the ability to successfully handle life’s stresses and adapt to change and diffi cult times.” Even those times in life fi lled with good and positive change can still bring stress. Th e NIH suggests that there are six strategies for improv- ing our emotional health. Brighten Your Outlook Th is is the quality of resilience, the ability to bounce back from diffi culties. I don’t know many people who enjoy failure or trials, but keeping it all in perspective can bring peace to otherwise rocky times. We are more than physical beings. Explore your beliefs about the deeper issues of life’s purpose and meaning. Reduce Stress We associate stress with negative events, but the good things in life can bring stress to our days as well. Th e neg- ative consequences on our physical health start showing up when we have chronic stress, or a state of high alert that lasts for a long time. A great way to manage stress is to exer- cise regularly and also follow these next two suggestions. Get Quality Sleep I hate admitting it, but when there is a lot on my plate, the fi rst sacrifi ce I am most likely to make is sleep. Even though I know how important it is! Squeezing in just one more chore or checking another task off my list before I head to bed rarely pays off in the long run. For some people it’s not the amount of sleep but the quality of sleep that they struggle with. Th e National Sleep Foundation recommends shutting down electronic devices at least 30 minutes before bed. Th e blue light emitted from TVs, smart phones, and tablets delays our circadian rhythm making it more diffi cult to fall asleep. Be Mindful Some people will say that “gobbledygook meditation stuff ” is just not for them. But the foundation of mindful- ness is being present in the moment- actual awareness of all that’s going on around you. It sounds simple enough, but I know many mature adults who can’t go 3 minutes without looking at their phone or distracting themselves in some other way rather than making eye contact and listening to the person in front of them. Take a walk and enjoy nature. Breathe deeply. Cope with Loss Not everyone has experienced a signifi cant loss in their life, but as we get older, eventually someone we love dearly will die. Th e world has lots of suggestions to deal with grief. Th is is one place where I do disagree with the NIH sugges- tions. Th is material says that there is no right or wrong way to mourn. I disagree, because I think that there are lots of destructive ways to mourn that hurt others and prevent ourselves from moving on with life. Joining a grief support group or reaching out to a pastor can be instrumental in helping with healthy grief. Strengthen Social Connections As human beings, we were created to be social. True connections with family, friends, neighbors and others infl uence our health. It can be overwhelming to think about all the relationships that we want to improve. Start by trying just one new thing to get connected with people in a diff erent way. If you are a caregiver, ask for help from others. Or volunteer for things here in our community that you care about. Or go to one of the great programs off ered by the library or museum or other clubs and organiza- tions. All in all, remember that health is more than diet and physical fi tness. Here’s hoping you have a whole and hap- py day today! Editor’s note: Emily Buxton Marrison is the Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences at Th e Ohio State University Extension offi ce in Coshocton. will help us have funds to deal with those situations too.” Vacant properties may be inspected both externally and internally by the property code department at the start of each registration period and when the registration is ter- minated by the property owner or person in control. If the property owner or person in control does not agree to the inspection, a search warrant may be obtained to inspect the property as required by the ordinance. Inspections will be done by Corder who will be assisted a t times by a retired building offi cial who is an engineer. “He will be able to help out with deciding if buildings are structurally sound,” Corder said. “Th at could give us more leverage to sue and have a building brought down.” He also emphasized that they are not trying to penalize those who take care of their properties. “It’s about the properties that no one maintains,” Corder said. “Th ere are landlords out there who have beautiful homes and then there are ones who are letting their prop- erties go downhill.” A database of vacant properties in the community is being built and Corder encourages residents to contact him if they know of one. He can be reached at jeff .corder@ cityofcoshocton.com or by phone at 740-202-0060. Proud to serve the people of Coshocton and surrounding communities since 1896! Specializing in Custom Design, Etching and Carving of Fine Memorials Granite • Marble • Bronze • Mausoleums Cemetery Lettering & Cleaning COSHOCTON – On Nov. 1 the city will begin enforcement of Chapter 1355 of the Codifi ed Ordinances of the City of Coshocton that Coshocton City Council passed on June 6 to help deal with vacant residential and commercial properties. Th e purpose of this legislation is to establish a program for identifying and registering vacant residential and commercial buildings; to determine the responsibility of owners and/or persons of control of vacant buildings and structures; and to speed the rehabilitation of the vacant buildings. Shifting the cost of the burden from the gener- al citizenry to the owners of vacant buildings will be the result of this chapter. Th e ordinance requires the owner or person in control to register with the property code department not later than 90 days after any building located in an area zoned for, or abutting an area zoned for residential or commercial use in the city becomes a vacant building, and not more than 30 days of being notifi ed by the property code depart- ment of the requirements to register based on evidence of vacancy, whichever event fi rst occurs. Owners who fail to register at the prescribed time will be considered delin- quent. Th e owner or person in control must submit a plan for the vacant building when registering. “If vacant buildings are in blighted condition you are subject to a fee,” said Jeff Corder, property code investiga- tor for the city. “Vacant buildings that are in good shape can get exemptions if they are actively trying to rent or sale the building. Th ese will be considered on an instance to instance base.” Th e fee schedule (including how it will increase each year a building is vacant) and list of possible exemptions can be found online at www.cityofcoshocton.com. A com- plete copy of the legislation is under the council section of the city’s website and the instruction sheet for fi lling out the application can be found in the download section of the website. Th e ordinance also defi nes: Evidence of vacancy, person in control, secured by other than normal means, temporarily vacant, unoccupied, unsecured, and vacant building. “Fees will be held in a fund for the building department,” Corder said. “If you don’t fi x up your property we can use that money to fi x it up or tear it down. A lot of times too properties are bought at tax sales and people never do anything with them and then get behind on the taxes. 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