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  • Public Funds For Private Blight

    The Legislative Council approved the transfer of $29,000 from contingency to contractual services last month to cover cleanup costs for private property at 31 Great Hill Road. A 3,400-square-foot home there was destroyed by fire, June 24, 2011. Neighbors have complained for three years about the unsightly mess, saying it attracts vermin, wildlife, and poses a safety hazard because of an uncovered and rain-filled swimming pool on the property. Demolition was completed last week.

  • 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.”

  • Church Hill Site Landscaped To Control Access, Improve Appearance

    On November 15, town road department staffers did some work on a large berm that they had constructed on the southern boundary of 75 Church Hill Road, near that street’s intersection with Edmond Road. In April 2007, the town approved construction of a 6,600-square-foot commercial building at the site, but it was never built.