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Ridgefield considers anti-blight ordinance

Multiple old cars parked on the lawn, garbage and general junk littering a property could soon be subject to a blight ordinance in Ridgefield.  The Board of Selectmen is once again considering how to draft an ordinance to address neighbor concerns about the condition of rundown properties.  Though First Selectman Rudy Marconi says this would not be for tall grass or houses that need painting.


He says it's unfair to people in this economy who work hard to protect the investment of their home to have someone allowing their home to fall into a state of disrepair lower the property value of the neighborhood.


Marconi says the Ridgefield ordinance could mirror one enacted recently in Newtown which created an anti-blight enforcement officer, daily fines and hearings to contest blight charges.  


The Newtown language will be a guide for a similar statute.

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