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Vote later this month in New Fairfield on blight ordinance

New Fairfield residents have set the date for a machine vote on the proposed Anti-Blight Ordinance.  The vote will be held on Saturday, January 12th from noon to 8pm at Meeting House Hill School. 

This will be the fourth vote on a blight ordinance in New Fairfield.

The latest proposal is aimed at addressing many residents concerns, including the definition of what would be considered a blighted premises by adding an objective and more specifics.  Review and enforcement of blight-related complaints and special considerations for those residents unable to perform or afford needed repairs were also taken into account.  

First Selectman Pat Del Monaco asked that residents consider what it's like to live near an abandoned, dilapidated and potentially dangerous property when casting their vote. The proposed ordinance would give the town the authority and process necessary to correct such situations.  She says it's not intended to regulate the length of grass, the color of house paint or other aesthetic issues, but rather to address valid health and safety concerns.

The ordinance also gives special consideration to those who may need time or assistance to correct violations due to age, disability or income.

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