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Blight prevention agency provides summer update to Danbury officials

This is the time of year a Danbury department receives a lot of complaints about properties in neglect. 


The Unified Neighborhood Assistance Team says residents notice that as the grass grows excessively high, if the surrounding property is vacant or in the process of foreclosure.  For the month of June, UNIT says they addressed several issues including more than two dozen blighted properties, nine with front lawn parking issues, nine illegal apartments or apartments with overcrowding and six abandoned properties. 


The department also issued five exterior blight order notices of violation.  71 quality of life issues in all were addressed last month.  Year to date, UNIT has responded to 449 issues in Danbury.


A majority of the 526 calls placed to the 311 Call Center in June were requests for phone numbers.  The Spring Yard Debris Pickup program generated about 20 calls with questions.  More than two dozen residents called asking about where to dispose of household garbage.  16 calls were about recycling and 11 people were looking for information about the next Household Hazardous Waste Day--which isn't being held in Danbury until September. 


Danbury residents also called in 43 potholes during June, which were then filled.  City officials say as the summer wears on, residents are encouraged to report high grass and bushes that block the line of site for motorists. 


Drainage issues, which typically coincide with heavy thunderstorms, should also prompt concerned residents to call with reports of clogged catch basins or other areas that need attention.

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