"I believe we have men and women of honor in our community that will stand up and do the right thing," he said.
Councilman Thomas Lively voiced his support of enforcing the code on both rental and owner-occupied properties.
"If we're going to strictly focus on rental properties, we're only looking at improving 50 percent of our city," he said.
Council member John Upham ultimately proposed accepting applications for a the seven-member committee.
He initially suggested five of those members be rental property owners but did not include that caveat in his motion.
The motion passed 4-1 with Bennett voting “no.”