Chillicothe Landlords Responsible for Cleaning Up Meth Lab Sites


Chillicothe council member voted unanimously in favor of methamphetamine legislation that makes landlords responsible for cleaning up sites.

City leaders say the mission was spearheaded in part because of a major bust on Rose Street where items inside were sold in a tag sale, including toys.

The concern they say is not for those that created the hazardous chemicals, but for those that are ultimately affected by it.

While some residents gathered in council chambers to voice concerns about drug activity in their neighborhoods, others including landlords argued the proposed law is asking too much.

The controversial methamphetamine legislation would ultimately require landlords to clean up meth cites in Chillicothe, a city that last year was plagued with illegal activity.

"Not a single person in the city of Chillicothe has ever been injured because a meth lab has not been cleaned up," argued landlord Mike McCoy who owns nearly 60 properties.

He argues landlords shouldn't have to pay to vacate, clean and secure meth sites.

McCoy also says the city is setting itself up for potential legal action.

"The city is probably going to become involved in lawsuits, which we don't need. It's just totally useless and there's no need for it," he said.

Councilwoman Pat Patrick serves on the meth lab committee and disagrees with McCoy. She says this issue is a very personal one.

"I look at this legislation as protecting my grandkids further down the road when they're adults and they want to have a clean safe environment to live in," she said.

McCoy says this fight isn't over yet. He plans to contact the American Civil Liberties Union and the state NAACP.