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SEP 2018

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NEWS Government Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton signed an update to the state's lien law that grants facility operators the right to hold their lien-sale auctions online. The new language explicitly lists "online auction" or a public in-person auction as the two allowable methods to satisfy a self-storage lien. The law went into effect immediately. The Denver City Council has banned self-storage development within a quarter-mile of any regional transportation district as well as suburban and downtown Main Street zones. Industrial areas are exempt from the restriction. The council reiterated its desire to reserve the land near light-rail stations for development projects that are "pedestrian-oriented and friendly to people." City off cials in Sacramento, Calif., are considering an ordinance that would ban new storage development within a quarter-mile of its transit stations. The intent behind the possible restriction would be to incentivize pedestrian- friendly business projects and allow more space for apartments and hotels. Woodland Park, Colo., off cials are considering several changes to how self-storage is def ned and permitted within the city, including one that would eliminate a restriction limiting individual storage units to a maximum of 300 square feet. In planned-unit development and heavy-service commercial/light- industrial zones, self-storage use would be a conditional use. City off cials in Marshalltown, Iowa, are considering an expansion of the town's Urban Renewal Plan for Area No. 3 to make way for a proposed self-storage expansion. The move is opposed by some local businesses as well as Marshall County off cials, who believe it would set a bad precedent in the use of its Tax Increment Funds. The addition would be a small, commercial area on the south side of town. Lawsuits Two former employees of Derrel's Mini Storage Inc. have brought a class-action lawsuit against the company for allegedly failing to provide uninterrupted meal times and breaks as well as not properly compensating for business expenses or overtime. Plaintiffs Rick Kutzman and Jamie Leonardo were classif ed as non-exempt workers during their employment and paid an hourly wage. Three California operators have been sued in separate lawsuits for alleged violations of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). The suits were f led in the Central District of California by the same plaintiff and law f rm. The complaints allege the operators violated ADA regulations in their management off ces and parking lots. 12 ISS I September 2018 www.insideselfstorage.com

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