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Waterbury to debate blight ordinances

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Waterbury has a plan to clean up the city, but it could bring landlords out in force to fight a proposed change to the city's anti-blight ordinance.

The city's ordinance, which was passed earlier this year, required landlords to register with the city and pay a $50 fee.

Now it's looking at re-writing its ordinance after the state Legislature passed a bill increasing fines for violators.

Under the state law, cities and towns could impose new fines of up to $250 a day for a violation after the landlord received notice and had time to clean up the situation but didn't.

Instead of just getting a citation and having to pay a fine, under the new proposal, it would require landlords to go to court to settle the case.

The public can weigh in on the proposal at a public hearing set for 6:30 p.m. at City Hall.

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