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February 15, 2013

Branford Town Council meeting

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Branford — The Town of Branford had their monthly meeting at Town Hall on Feb. 12 at 7 p.m.

After the opening prayer and Pledge of Allegiance, the council approved the minutes of last month’s meeting and reviewed the financial report and approved accounts payable.

Code enforcement report

First order of business to come up was Matt Tyre with the code enforcement report.

“I wanted to fill you in and let you know things are going very nicely,” said Tyre. “We have about 50 percent compliance on the notices on the ‘clean up.’”

Tyre was referring to owners of cars that have left them unattended and unkempt which became a public eyesore.

Tyre continued that the ownership of some cars was still questionable and they were waiting until it was resolved. He added that the owners on several properties have been contacted and only one hasn’t responded yet.

“So, we’re moving towards an end on that,” said Tyre. “And, I’ve opened up the proverbial can of worms.”

Tyre warned council that they may soon see some of their constituents as they are pressing on with the issue of unregistered vehicles in town. He said they’re looking at 20 to 25 vehicles currently that within the next 30 to 60 days will either be registered or moved.

“We’ve still got some that are in question as to how long they have to be there or how often they have to be moved,” said Tyre. “That’s where the questioning is going to come in before you or (Town Attorney Kevin Daly).”

Tyre said next on the agenda is citing for those individuals that don’t comply.

“We’re all on schedule and everything is going well,” said Tyre. 
Tyre asked if there was anything else that needed to be addressed.

“We got some old houses around here,” said Mayor Don Owens.

Tyre agreed and told them that there were a couple of more houses added that have gotten notices on complying to clean up and/or to make necessary repairs.

Councilman Charlie Daniel asked Daly what the time limit was for the vehicles. Daly said that he would look into the matter.   

Tyre and council both wanted to clarify what be classified as a collectable vehicle and a “hunk of junk”.

“We’re talking about the ones that sit out there and rust,” said Daniel. “You know there’s a difference between a collector and ones that are all banged up.”

Tyre agreed and reiterated that appearance and intent of the vehicle would be taken into consideration. Also briefly addressed was the issue of cars that needed mufflers or new mufflers as they are a nuisance and disturbance of the peace.

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