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Middlebury Residents Approve Both Referendum Items

The town now officially has a property maintenance ordinance and will join the Torrington Area Health District.

 

Middlebury residents lent their support to joining the Torrington Area Health District at the Tuesday, May 22, referendum, voting 364 to 346, in favor of the partnership.

Also supported was the property maintenance ordinance, 401 to 323.

Voter turnout was approximately 14 percent, according to numbers provided by polling officials at .

Of the 5,057 people on the list, 716 people voted.

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Voice of Reason May 23, 2012 at 11:49 AM
Bravo Middlebury! Thank goodness you have passed your blight ordinance. Nothing worse than driving about town in our shiny new chariot and having a visual reminder of the tough times so many folks are having. FINE THEM!!! That will show them. Perhaps they'll even have to go without several meals and/or medicine to pay the fines. Whatever happened to helping your neighbor in tough times? Can't get your Birkenstocks dirty? Oops, sorry. That will upset some.
Jaimie Cura May 23, 2012 at 01:09 PM
"On July 1, 1780 my Great, Great, Great, Great Grandfather Preserved Redway enlisted in the Continental Army in Killingly, Connecticut," James Redway commented with this on our Facebook page. "He was only 15 years old. On December 4th he was discharged and returned to Killingly where he spent the winter until he reenlisted for a second time and served until he was finally discharged on December 31st 1783. Preserved served three years in the Continental Army fighting for freedoms that we enjoy today, but it only took 14 hours for 401 Middlebury residents, or 8% of the 5,057 voting residents to freely relinquish some of those freedoms. As reported by the Patch, the Property Maintenance Ordinance passed by a vote of 401 to 323, with only 14% of the eligible voters voting. To reiterate what I wrote earlier on the Patch. This ordinance could place a burden on the elderly and the poor in an already strained economy. It would create an unnecessary and additional layer of bureaucracy, would constitute a new tax, and provide a powerful weapon for feuding neighbors. It could create aesthetic police who could make aesthetic decisions about your property. It opens the Town up for potential legal challenges that would need to be defended by town attorneys, and you will be ultimately paying those fees through your taxes that could increase because of this ordinance." (Comment continued in next post)
Jaimie Cura May 23, 2012 at 01:09 PM
James Redway continued: "Thomas Jefferson once said, “The government you elect is government you deserve.” Failing to articulate the loss of freedom, exhibiting apathy and staying home from the polls when your liberty is on the ballot only solidifies his words." www.facebook.com/woodmiddpatch
Willow Reed May 23, 2012 at 01:21 PM
I am not looking at it as a loss of freedom, but I do agree with you regarding the "aesthetic" police. I like plants to be wild-shaped, the way they were intended to grow, not forced into some bizarre shaped hedge, but I can understand no one wants to look at broken cars hanging around the front yard, and a mess all over the place.

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