Affluent town sees little blight, fights it anyway

MADISON, Conn. (AP) — Even an affluent shoreline town in Connecticut has blight, and local officials are putting up a fight.

Madison has proposed an anti-blight ordinance to maintain property values and promote public health.

Officials define blight as accumulated garbage, chronically neglected vehicles on property for more than 30 days and seriously overgrown grass or weeds, among other conditions.

First Selectman Fillmore McPherson says blight isn’t a big problem in the town where the U.S. Census says the median household income is more than $107,000.

He tells the New Haven Register that Madison doesn’t have whole neighborhoods blighted, but may have an occasional house that has been run down.

McPherson says the proposed ordinance is not made to make every house look like it’s off the pages of “Home Beautiful.”

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