PRESTON SELECTMEN REVIEW BLIGHT ORDINANCES FROM NEARBY TOWNS

Preston - Town officials will review blight ordinances from several Connecticut towns, and the Board of Selectmen could propose something similar for the town.

First Selectman Robert Congdon said he has received complaints from residents about blight issues on neighboring properties, including garbage and litter and unregistered motor vehicles. The town allows a residence to have only one unregistered vehicle in a yard.

Congdon said blight becomes an issue if one neglected property starts affecting quality of life or property values in a neighborhood.

But he said town officials need to be sensitive to some situations, such as the needs of farmers. For example, Preston might not consider a limit on grass height, because "it might be a hay field."

Congdon distributed blight ordinances from other towns, including Franklin, Essex, Old Saybrook and Coventry, to the two other selectmen for review and will place the issue on a future Board of Selectmen agenda.

- Claire Bessette

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