STONINGTON, Conn. (AP) _ Owners of dilapidated properties in Stonington are about to get hit in the wallet if they don’t fix them up.

A town ordinance approved this summer allows the town to fine owners of blighted properties $100 per day, starting this week. The ordinance also gives the town the authority to do the work and bill the owners and place a lien on the property.

First Selectman Ed Haberek tells The Day of New London that in addition to being eyesores, blighted properties can pose health and safety problems.

Haberek says the town will send violators certified letters telling them they have failed to comply. Fines will begin to accrue as soon as the letter is received.

The first letter is being sent to the owner of a vacant commercial property in a prime location.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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