Mass. town approves plan to shame property owners

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Posted: Mar 01, 2011 11:08 AM
Mass. town approves plan to shame property owners

The health board in a Massachusetts town has approved a plan to shame owners of rundown buildings into fixing and securing their properties.

The plan approved Monday by the Webster board allows the town to place 4-by-8-foot signs on the sides of dilapidated buildings with the owner's names, address and telephone number.

Selectman Mark Dowgiewicz says it costs up to $9,000 per year for police responses and other expenses to deal with squatters, vandals and other problems.

Building Inspector Theodore Tetreault tells The Telegram & Gazette of Worcester (WUH'-stur) that building owners have ignored requests from the town to secure vacant properties.

Webster is a town of about 16,000 nearly 60 miles southwest of Boston.

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Information from: Telegram & Gazette, http://www.telegram.com