Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Back to drawing board for boarding house regs

Residents packed a public hearing Monday night and demanded the town do something about the proliferating problems at the growing number of boarding houses in town.    

‘Rooming house’ issue sent back to commission
It’s back to the drawing board for a proposed change to Springfield zoning bylaws that would establish a solid definition of a “rooming house.”    


  1. George T McNaughton7/26/16, 9:52 AM

    The article was not clear as to the vote. Two members of the Selectboard voted in favor of adopting the regulation as presented, Kristi Morris voted against. Since there were only three members of the Selectboard present, the motion failed because a majority of the Selectboard (3) have to vote in favor. The reason for the two who voted in favor doing so was to avoid the prolonged delay involved in sending it back to the Planning Commission. Rooming houses are popping up on a weekly basis in Springfield and it was felt by those voting in favor that a change could be made later without delaying getting some form of regulation in place. They, however, could not persuade the third member present regarding the urgency issue.

  2. Too many ideologues trying to "save the world" instead of fixing the town. More low income housing is not the answer, better incomes are. Seniors deserve better than living in a dive flophouse. Why not turn the Springfield Family Center into senior housing? It's a nice place. And just where were the other two board members? This is an important issue, I would think they should have been there.

  3. Community Restoration Corps? Sounds more like Community Destruction Corps! These bottom-feeders and their pie-in-the-sky money machines need to be eliminated, not just regulated! We as a society spend billions of dollars every year on programs to "reintegrate" criminals and drug addicts into society, while ignoring the honest, hard working people who have to put up with, as well as PAY FOR these individuals. I used to work in that field. THESE ORGANIZATIONS ARE SCAMS! Non-profit my butt! They make a profit, which is then used to expand their operations, which generates MORE profit, etc, etc, etc! The only problem they have is laundering and hiding the money!

  4. Draw this:.....



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