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March 31. 2014 8:02PM

Derry council chair wants action on blighted buildings

DERRY — Town councilors are scheduled to discuss an anti-blight ordinance tonight.

Councilors discussed the vacant property issue last year in a joint meeting with the Planning Board.

Mark Osborne, council chairman, recently said passing a blight ordinance was one of the major projects he wanted to see the council accomplish this year. He set the goal after he was elected chairman at the council's March 18 meeting.

Osborne said such an ordinance should have teeth, allowing for enforcement options.

Acting Administrator Larry Budreau said Monday that part of the discussion will involve determining when the condition of a building warrants the consideration of some type of enforcement action.

The current town code is somewhat vague on when a property is considered blighted, according to officials.

"Instead of it being part of the town's overall code, it would be a separate ordinance that would have some enforcement sanctions," Budreau said.

The council will also hold a public hearing on a proposed Community Development Block Grant application for up to $12,000 to fund an engineering study of the infrastructure of the Frost Residents Cooperative. The cooperative is a 30-unit manufactured housing community at 139 Rockingham Road.

The study would try to determine whether it would be possible for the cooperative's private water system to be able to connect to the town's water system, Budreau said.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. in the third-floor meeting room of the Derry Municipal Center.


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