Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle says the city is taking further steps to implement recommendations from his task force on landlords and crime.

At a press conference Monday, Suttle said the task force, which is made up of city officials, has prioritized its suggestions.

The task force soon will share up-to-date information on vacant properties with the city’s Planning Department and public safety agencies, officials said. Firefighters would be able to use the information to make weekly checks on such properties, Fire Chief Mike McDonnell said.

City Councilmen Ben Gray and Garry Gernandt will seek to expand the city’s “closed property” ordinances, which allow police to arrest anyone who trespasses on property marked “closed” during certain hours. Those rules largely apply to commercial properties in their current form, and officials would like include residential properties.

Another proposal would allow the city to mark a property closed without the owner’s permission if the owner was absent or unavailable.

Efforts to bolster programs that allow neighborhood groups to track deteriorating properties also are underway, the mayor said. Suttle promised other updates from the task force would come later this month.

A separate task force appointed to combat illegal firearms will publicly update its progress in the coming weeks.

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