Middlebury is finding itself with a growing problem of vacant homes and rental properties in need of clean up and repair. City leaders say they are an eyesore and a safety concern, and the town council is looking for ways to deal with the problem.
For close to three years now a home on Main Street has been in a state of disrepair. Whether it's trash left in the back, leaves sprouting in gutters, or now graffiti.
“Most of our neighbors here take great pride in their homes,” said neighbor Nancy Coulter. “When you have something like this, that is such an eyesore, it takes away the value of our home.”
That location and others in Middlebury are in bad shape. If Middlebury does not have a code enforcement officer to deal with overgrown, unkempt, vacant properties – more often than not, that responsibility ends up in the hands of the police department.