- Associated Press - Thursday, October 8, 2015

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) - Students at Kansas State have asked the Manhattan City Commission to consider reinstating a rental inspection program as a matter of student safety.

The commission repealed the city’s previous program, which included mandatory inspections. The program was stopped in 2011 after one year, The Manhattan Mercury reported (https://bit.ly/1L1onED ).

“It’s come to our attention that student housing has become a serious point of concern across our student body,” Student body president Andy Hurtig told the commission Tuesday. “There are some students who are renters living in very deplorable conditions.”

The Kansas State Student Governing Association unanimously passed a resolution earlier to encourage the commission to look into the issue.

Student body vice president Joe Tinker said he has dealt with a lack of smoke detectors, moldy bathrooms, exposed electrical wiring and a failing foundation wall since he moved into a rental home this summer.

“After unsuccessfully appealing to our landlord for help, we decided to get the city involved with an inspection that outlined over a dozen violations, most of which still hasn’t been corrected,” he said.

Commissioner Usha Reddi thanked the students for their perspective.

“Your parents think you’re in a safe place when they leave you here, and we want to make sure you are in a safe place,” he said.

Mayor Karen McCulloh said the commission would consider the request at a future work session.


Information from: The Manhattan (Kan.) Mercury, https://www.themercury.com

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