“Having the authority to grant permissions for temporary use of the
property by groups or individuals; and having the authority to make
minor improvements or enhancements to the property which will not
change the overall character or use of the property; and having the
responsibility to maintain the property in such as way that its present
uses may be continued; and having the responsibility to protect the
Town from civil or criminal liability in connection with the property”.
The Resolution also stated:
“….the Town Council or the Town Meeting retains the responsibility
for deciding when any Town owned real property shall be
permanently altered, capitally improved, used for totally different
purposes, leased, or transferred; subject only to the stipulations and
approvals which State or Federal laws may require”.
Councilor Paul stated that he would send a memo to Conservation Commission
Chairman Michael Marelli to request their input regarding the updated oversight
assignments pertaining to the Conservation Commission. He stated that the LUPPW
Committee would defer action on the “Assignment of Administrative Control of
Town-Owned and Town-Leased Property” to their June 6, 2023 meeting.
Continued discussion regarding the progress of enforcing regulations to address blight issues.
Director of Land Use Juliet Hodge provided a Blight Report which was distributed and
attached to the Agenda on the meeting portal for tonight’s meeting. She stated the new
Zoning Enforcement Officer Mr. Alex Samalot began today, noting that he was currently
enrolled in the Connecticut Association of Zoning Enforcement (CAZEO) Certification
Program. She stated because he was not already CAZEO Certified that there would be a
significant amount of training involved. She stated that Mr. Samalot’s first assignments
would be to take on the List of the Blighted Properties and Junk/Unregistered motor
vehicle cases. She stated Ledyard had a lot of enforcement issues that needed to be
addressed noting that the former Zoning Enforcement Officer John Herring retired in
December, 2022 and the position has been vacant for a number of months.
Ms. Hodge continued by noting Ordinance #300-012 (rev. 1) “An Ordinance
Concerning Blight and Public Nuisance for the Town of Ledyard”. She stated
although the Ordinance was well written she had questions regarding the Blight
Enforcement Officer and the Citation Hearing Committee. She suggested rather than
have a Blight Ordinance that blight should be addressed in the Zoning Regulations, or
the Ordinance should name the Zoning Enforcement Officer as the Blight
Enforcement Officer. She stated in reviewing past Blight Issues that there were
people she did not know that were serving as the Blight Enforcement Officer. She
also questioned if the Zoning Enforcement Officer was issuing a Blight Letter
whether they would sign the letter as the Zoning Enforcement Officer or the Blight
Administrative Assistant Roxanne Maher explained Ordinance #300-012 (rev. 1) “An
Ordinance Concerning Blight and Public Nuisance for the Town of Ledyard”