Sunday, July 17, 2016

Selectboard to hold hearings on nuisance ordinance, rooming houses

The Springfield Selectboard will hold a public hearing on Monday, July 25 in regard to a proposed zoning amendment that would update the definition of and rules for “rooming houses” within the town.

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10 comments :

  1. Getting rid of "flop houses" is a step in the right direction. Their only real use is by dope dealers and hookers. They allow the criminal element to "live below the radar" of law enforcement and should be eliminated altogether.

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  2. Is this really such a widespread problem around here, that it would require such efforts to curtail - much less a news article? Lets just stick to the dilapidated dumps around town and maybe get a few people to mow their flipping lawns. It's no secret houses are being given away around here - no point in taking care of one's property when it isn't worth diddly due to other homes all around looking abandoned. No way I'll ever get what my home is 'assessed' at.

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    1. will hunter has destroyed many neighborhoods with boarding houses. dumping any one he can find in them for some government money. they are drug dens full of non working people that you and i support.

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    2. Hunter is self serving opportunist. The Selectboard should demand to inspect and publish his financials. Yet, simple minded, liberal, do-gooders in the community in a selfish ploy to feel good about themselves encourage this blight. A blight that continues to shrink the grand list and poison once proud neighborhoods with the worst elements of humanity.

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    3. Saw a very interesting article on the Burlington news. Person said there are three groups involved in the drug problem. 1) the users 2) the suppliers and 3) the persons renting to the users. Said that these landlords CONNECT the dealers with the users (or vise versa). They are in fact the major kingpins to the whole picture. Woke me up. The law should check these landlords wallets for drug tainted money.

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    4. Plausible connection. No denying that as long as tenants remain unemployable addicts, Springfield Hosing Authority has a steady faucet of government funds to house these parasites. Many of us have extolled for years mandatory drug testing for welfare recipients. The same drug testing many us with enough self respect to earn a living have to conform to. Perhaps this election cycle will imitate a needed change. Use you vote wisely.

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    5. George T McNaughton7/27/16, 11:22 AM

      Anonymous 5:40, we need to be careful when singling out the problem. The problem here is not with the Springfield Housing Authority. The Springfield Housing Authority is not funding the problematic rooming houses. Their are agencies which are helping to indirectly fund the problematic rooming houses and some of these are being funded by the special appropriations which the residents routinely approve, but the Springfield Housing Authority is not the problem here. There is a tendency to blame the Housing Authority for projects they have nothing to do with. I am all for curbing and halting the problems associated with the rooming houses as soon as possible, but lets be clear that the Housing Authority is not the problem.

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  3. Wasn't hunter disbarred for embezzling from clients? If he is such a "savior", why don't the "renters" live with him?

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  4. chuck gregory7/25/16, 10:22 PM

    We need to look into the process of supervising embedded in the programs serving these populations. Clearly, when the supervision is good, the problems are fewer and smaller. One house needed staff for night time supervision; the supervisor had absolute power. If a resident didn't follow the rules, it meant an immediate return to jail. However, there did not appear to be funding for a nighttime supervisor. How do we check out this aspect?

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    1. Check out the funding of the current houses. I have found some interesting information in the towns grants.

      Springfield is failing because we allow people who do not live in this town to litter it with these houses. Then claim they are the victims.

      The only people who run these houses are scam artists, claiming they are doing everything to the T. Yet behind the scenes doing nothing but collecting money, and finding other ways to take money from the town they are claiming to improve.

      We need to run these people out of "our town" and make sure if we have half way houses or sober houses or what ever you want to call them they are looked into and as open as any other business in Vermont. As that is what they are mental health/jail dump houses that people are profiting from.

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