Oxford Forming Anti-Blight Study Committee

Three more members need to be appointed to the committee.

The Board of Selectmen has appointed two members to a newly created Anti-Blight Study Committee including David Bradt and Ellica Sabo. Three more people still need to be appointed. 
According to meeting minutes, Oxford has tried to address blight in the past but it's never gone anywhere before. This time the selectmen wants the committee to define the problem, where and it is, or create a blight ordinance. 
However, officials were clear on one thing, they don't want people who are "crazy anti-blight."
Do you think this is a good move by Oxford? Do you think there is blight in town?

Ed Smith July 10, 2014 at 02:48 AM
Not again! Didn't we just go through this? I'll take the old country look over the hideous disposable commercial buildings and cookie-cutter houses anyday! This reflux of the old issue is obnoxious!
Linda Czaplinski July 10, 2014 at 01:59 PM
No. While I agree that unkept properties are not attractive this infringes of personal property rights. If I want my property to have 5 ft tall grass and have the walls fall down around me that is my right. We have been faced with incrementalism for decades and are finally waking up to how we've been stripped of rights. There are places in this country where it is illegal to collect rainwater. NO, to an anti-blight committee.
Bonnie July 11, 2014 at 06:19 AM
Well as I live near two homes that collect trash and broken down cars it gets to me when I have guests coming to my home. Every other home in my area is well kept except for these two. Might I add a 3rd one that isn't as bad but the same bag of trash has been in the yard for several years, yes years! Why is it that one needs 8 cars that don't run and filled with trash? Why is it that another needs to fill their yard with trash, when I say trash, I mean trash! Cardboard boxes, bags of garbage, broken items they found along side the road and piles of cans and bottles. This brings property values around those houses down! There's so many homes on my road and streets off of mine that have been for sale but haven't sold. Meanwhile other homes in Oxford that are not directly in the path of these blighted homes that have sold. I strongly believe this may be a reason why they are still on the market, you must pass these homes to get to our neighborhood so there's no escaping it. There's an increased rodent population in this area, I've even come across a rat running across the road while driving pass one of these homes. I don't have a problem with the way you live inside your home, but for the sake of your neighbors please try to keep the yard free of debris. I know there's people that do not agree with me on this but the residents in my neighborhood do and we are the ones that have to live around this blight. There's organizations that will come pick up stuff for free, you can even write it off on your taxes as a donation! I do not agree with paying more town employees to do this anti-blight work when I'm sure there's already someone that can handle the job! There's several towns that have a anti-blight law on their books, why don't we? We used to have someone that tried enforcing the blight policy, I do not remember his name as it was about 15 years ago.


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