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Wallingford officials to beef up blight ordinance

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Wallingford is looking to beef up its blight laws, specifically targeting repeat offenders.

One house on West Dayton Hill Road has paint peeling off and a car is parked off to the side in between some trees, and neighbors said once the leaves fall the property is an eyesore.

"I've been here for almost nine years and every day I pass the house and think, man my property value, my neighbor’s property value is going down,” said Josh Dobson of Wallingford.

"When it comes to winter, it’s a bit of an eyesore,” said Mark Russell of Wallingford.

On Thursday evening, the Wallingford Town Council’s ordinance committee will discuss and possibly take action on revising its blighted properties law, setting its sight on repeat offenders all across town.

"This is my biggest investment. I want to keep it as nice as possible and when people don't do that, it makes us all look bad,” Dobson said.

If residents are cited for blighted property, they can be fined $100 for each day it isn’t fixed.

If the resident fixes it, the case is closed.

Under the proposal, the town wants to keep it open for 90 days after the blight is remedied.

That gives the building department three months to monitor the property and make sure a violation doesn’t immediately reoccur.

This way, the town won’t have to start the process all over again with a new notice of violation.

"If people make changes they should be given a second chance, but after it’s shown they don't care about their second chance, don't fix their ways, something should be done about it,” Russell said.

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