Blight Ordinance Aims To Clean Up Waterbury

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The city of Waterbury is looking to make some additions to its blight ordinance. Drafted in October of 2012 it works to clean up litter and abandoned properties. New proposals would address other concerns aimed at beautifying Waterbury.

“When we passed it in October it was more for public health now we’re looking to get the beautification involved in the ordinance,” said Waterbury Aldermen Ryan Mulcahy.

The first proposal would make homeowners responsible for cleaning up graffiti even if the homeowner didn’t put it there in the first place, and even if a judge doesn’t order a vandal to pay for it or clear it.

Secondly, a property owner would be cited if more than one-third of the building’s paint is chipped or peeling.

Property owners would be in violation if they placed a trash bin or recycling container within 10 feet of the street or curb if it’s placed earlier than 24 hours before and after pickup.

The city realizes that not all homeowners are financially and physically able to take care of their property so discretion will be used.

“If you’re sick or elderly we’re not trying to hurt you in any way, we’re compromising,’ said Aldermen Mulcahy.

The city will hold a public hearing Monday at 6:45 p.m. on the second floor of city hall.

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