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  • Enforcing The Blight Ordinance Is Not Always An Easy Call

    The adoption of a local anti-blight ordinance this past summer has led to questions about how it will be enforced and the process for filing complaints. Taking into consideration aesthetics, property maintenance, health and safety hazards, abandonment, neglect, and other factors, Director of Planning and Land Use George Benson said that determining blight “is not black and white.”

  • Council Passes Anti-Blight Ordinance; Vote Delayed On Shooting Rules

    Newtown now has its first anti-blight ordinance, but proposed amendments to a firearms ordinance “are still in play,” said Legislative Council member George Ferguson.

    After a lengthy public hearing on August 7 for residents to address both ordinances, Legislative Council members then held their own, nearly 2½-hour discussion, including questions posed to town legal counsel David Grogins, Land Use Director George Benson, and Police Chief Michael Kehoe.

  • Blight And Firearms Ordinance Amendments Set For Public Hearing

    Both the draft amendments to the town’s firearms ordinance and an anti-blight ordinance will be part of a public hearing on August 7, beginning at 7 pm in Newtown High School’s lecture hall, the Legislative Council voted Wednesday, July 10.

    During the meeting’s initial public comment period, resident Barbara O’Connor expressed concerns with amendments to Newtown’s Firearms Ordinance, which have been the subject of subcommittee meetings for nearly a year.