Torrington’s Responsive Blight Enforcement is Working, Mayor Says
December 12, 2021
Since 2019, the city’s plan to combat blight has taken off, thanks to a responsive staff and more enforcement, officials said.
Mayor Elinor Carbone said the success of the program largely was due to the efforts of Blight Enforcement Officer Ashley Clement.
“Ashley’s been doing yeoman’s work,” she said. “She follows up on complaints, and if she determines there’s a violation, the property owners are notified that they have two weeks to be in compliance.”
Each case is reviewed by the Blight Task Force Committee, membership of which includes Carbone, City Counsel Vic Muschell, the fire marshal, a representative from the Police Department and land use office, and any others whose expertise might be needed, according to the mayor.
“For this committee, the goal is to get people to come into compliance,” Carbone said. “It’s not to collect fines; it’s not to make money. The win in Ashley’s report is that since 2019, she has accomplished compliance with 123 complaints. If she isn’t able to do that, fines are collected, and she has collected $109,000 since she started.”
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