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Posted on: March 8, 2021

[ARCHIVED] RTM Speaker Comments

                                                                                                            Mr. Chris Carletti

                                                                                                            21 Nutmeg Dr

                                                                                                            Greenwich CT  06831

                                                                                                            

 

March 6th, 2021

 

 

Dear Greenwich RTM,

I am writing to indicate my enthusiastic support for Item #2, 2- APPROVAL OF BLIGHTED BUILDINGS AND PROPERTIES ORDINANCE.

 

There are a several properties near my home that are in a significant state of disrepair, with obvious structural damage with collapsing exterior walls and/or roofs.  We have seen raccoons and rats in and around the dilapidated structures which are a known health and safety risk, especially to the young children in the neighborhood.

 

Moreover, these properties are a hazard to the community at large as well as the police and fireman who have to deal with them.   They are a blight on the neighborhood as well as very detrimental to property values of the vast majority of neighbors who responsibly care for their homes.  For the good of the entire community and Town itself, I would like to see this ordinance passed as soon as possible.

 

Thanks for your consideration,


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                                                                                                                        Mark Saunders  

                                                                                                                        3 Nutmeg Drive 

                                                                                                                        Greenwich, CT 06831 

 

 

March 7, 2021

 

Town of Greenwich RTM

Re:  RTM Meeting - Proposed ordinance re blighted properties (Item #2),

 

 

 

Dear Greenwich RTM

 

I write in support of the adoption of the proposed ordinance re blighted properties (Item #2), as I believe it will contribute to the welfare and economic benefit of both the Town of Greenwich and its individual residents.

 Thanks, Mark

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To:       RTM speaker

From: Laura Darrin

Date: March 8, 2021

Re:      Item 1

 

 

I am for returning the Greenwich Police to their traditional role on Greenwich Avenue.

 

 

Main reason for wanting police on the avenue is with the new influx of out of towners, I’ve witnessed within the last few weeks,

 

  • families crossing in the middle of the street not paying attention to the crosswalks.

     

  •  two cars (on separate occasions) driving up Avenue the wrong way

     

  • all sorts of snarls due to parking spaces.

 

 

 

The police send a calming message. It’s important!!

 

Thank you.

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We are writing this letter to the RTM and the town Selectmen because as retailers on Greenwich Avenue we are very concerned about the removal of the police at all intersections.

We are opposed to removing the police permanently and would like our objections to be noted at the March 8th meeting. 

Removing the police presence changes the feel and look of Greenwich Avenue and the security that we all feel-retailer and citizens alike.

We understand that there is widespread support to maintain the police on the Avenue and we also support bringing the police back on a permanent basis.

Thank you,

 

Michaelangelo Gifts and Engraving

Theory

Classic Barber

Becker Salon

Stubbs and Wooten

C. Parker Gallery

Egg children's clothing

Umberto the Tailor

Eres Bathing Suits

Asha jewelry

St. Moritz Bakery

Diane's Books

Simon Teakle

Feroce eyeglasses

Owen Thomas Gallery

Putnam Diner

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My name is Hillary McAtee

My husband and I were raised in town and I am a 4th generation Greenwich resident.

 

Growing up in Greenwich, I recall when Greenwich Avenue was
a two-way street. Parking was readily available, and it was so safe we’d leaveour keys in the ignition while we shopped.

Unfortunately, today on Greenwich Avenue we have congestion,
parking challenges, increased speed of cars and distracted drivers because ofcell phones.

 

I urge the town to keep the police on Greenwich Avenue for
crossing safety, to help prevent robberies and to add to the charm of Greenwichwhich sets us apart from other towns.

 

Thank you for your time.

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To: Greenwich RTM

Re: Blight Ordinance

 

I am writing in support of the motion adopted by the Public Works Committee at its March, 2021 meeting to refer the proposed Blight Ordinance back to the Blight Subcommittee.

 

I have reviewed the proposed Blight Ordinance and the email exchanges concerning it that occurred earlier today.  Although I believe a blight ordinance is needed I also believe that the version before the RTM tonight is overly broad and would likely result in unfair and unfortunate enforcement of the ordinance against a wider group of residents than is readily apparent.  

 

For example, the definitional section of the ordinance defines “Blighted Premises” to include a structure that “is a factor in materially depreciating property values in the immediate neighborhood, as determined by experts identified by the BRB, because of its poorly  maintained condition.”  This definition is extremely subjective and can easily lead to disputes as to the meaning of “poorly maintained condition” and concerning whether the structure is “materially depreciating property values in the immediate neighborhood.”

 

I believe returning this ordinance to the Blight Subcommittee so it can be modified to more clearly define the circumstances under which the ordinance will apply would well serve the citizens of Greenwich by allowing us to adopt an ordinance that clearly and appropriately addresses the problem of blight in our community.   

 

Henry Orphys

Greenwich, CT

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