The City of Omaha's ordinance requiring contractors to get a license from the city has been put on hold — for one property owner.
Douglas County District Court Judge Marlon Polk this week issued a temporary injunction against the city, blocking it from making property owner John Malone pay licensing fees to work on his properties.
Malone filed a lawsuit against the city in June. In it, he argued that the ordinance, which was passed by the City Council in 2011 and requires contractors to get a license to work in Omaha, is unconstitutional.
He said the requirements have prohibited him from making repairs to his rental properties and operating a separate business that does lead-related work on homes.
City Attorney Paul Kratz said the judge's decision currently affects only Malone, though it is possible that others could join in the lawsuit. “They've asked for a full hearing on it. We will present further evidence and see if we can change (the judge's) mind.”
Malone said he expects that other property owners with similar concerns will get involved as the lawsuit moves forward.
“These ordinances are affecting everyone that owns property, everyone that works on property,” he said.