Council approves revisions to blight law

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PROSPECT — The Town Council last week approved changes to the town’s blight ordinance.

The council adopted the blight ordinance in February 2015. The ordinance defines blight, gives the town the ability to issue warnings and civil penalties against violators and created an anti-blight commission.

The revisions changed language to mirror state statute and clarify areas, including that even if someone makes an uncontested payment of the civil penalty or admits liability by paying the civil penalty, the person can still be subject to enforcement action, including remediation by the town

The changes also allow someone found liable for a violation by the hearing officer to have 30 days from the hearing to remedy the violation before the town may proceed with further enforcement action.