Hermann’s Board of Aldermen passed a safe lodging bill on Feb.10, a long-awaited ordinance that addresses circumstances to allow and provide regulation for guest houses and bed and breakfasts in the city.
“This bill provides safety measures for visitors staying overnight in one of Hermann‘s 131 lodging establishments,” Mayor Robert Koerber stated in a Feb. 11 Facebook post. “It also provides for annual inspections so that these safety measures are assured. Of additional importance, it contains a system of conditional use permitting (CUP) for new guest houses in Hermann’s R1 and R2 residential zones.”
The mayor went on to say that the measure would also ensure that citizens who own homes in these residential zones would be notified if a guest house is being considered in their neighborhood.
Koerber said the measure passed 3-1, with aldermen Susan Lenger, Jim Schirmer and David Faerber voting in favor, and Alderman Bruce Cox voting against.
“Alderwoman Susan Lenger and Alderman Dave Faerber played especially important parts in the creation of this bill,” Koerber stated in his post. “The required inspections will be initiated, scheduled, and carried out by Anita Ruga, the newly appointed ordinance enforcement officer.”