Short-term housing rentals have been a contentious issue in some cities, including recently in Joplin. KRPS’s Fred Fletcher-Fierro has more.
On Monday night, eight Joplin residents submitted public comments to the city council against a special use permit submitted by Rachel Bemo, who has been running a short-term housing rental at 4477 Bradley Drive. The neighbors’ comments detail how Bemo rented the property to large parties, charging 349 dollars per night, with little to no oversight.
Penny Amiet was one of the residents who submitted public comment, she also spoke in opposition to the special use permit. “Most of our neighbors are here tonight, we’ve been at every single meeting since this came into effect. We went around and canvassed the entire neighborhood. We’ve brought forth 69 petitions against this. She has continued to rent this out, time and time again even though she has not shown up to the meetings, she’s said she’s withdrawn it, it’s still being rented.” Ultimately the city council voted 9 to 0 to striken the resolution from Monday’s agenda, denying the special use permit request. For 89 9 KRPS, I’m Fred Fletcher-Fierro