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Posted: Monday, December 3, 2012 12:15 pm | Updated: 12:20 pm, Mon Dec 3, 2012.

WOBURN - With the number of nuisance properties on the rise in the past few years, three City Council members have submitted an ordinance proposal that would codify the standards for nuisance declarations in the city.

Ward 4 Alderman Michael Anderson. Ward 6 Alderman Michael Raymond and Ward 7 Alderman Raymond Drapeau sponsored the legislation, which was sent by the council at its most recent meeting to its Ordinance Committee for review.

“The new ordinance gives you (guidelines) that are a trigger for the Building Commissioner to enforce,” said Raymond.

The council has an ordinance with standards for nuisance declarations already on the books, but the new version, which would come under Title 15, Buildings and Construction, Article 8, is more specific and sets definitive standards.

At its Nov. 20 meeting alone, the council held discussions about three different nuisance properties on Robinlea Circle in North Woburn, on Campbell Street in Woburn Center, and on Orange Street in East Woburn.

Another hearing, on a proposal for the Woburn Armory on Main Street just south of Woburn Center, was continued until Tuesday, Dec. 4. Last October, the council declared the site a public nuisance and eventually issued a demolition order for the building, which was stayed so the city and the owner attempt to work out some sort of arrangement to develop the property.

Other nuisance proceedings within the past few years have involved properties on Green Street, High Street, Montvale Avenue, Day Circle, Sylvanus Wood Road, and Main Street near Hammond Square.

Typically, the council uses a nuisance hearing as a tool to encourage the owner of a rundown property to make improvements. The new ordinance specifies the conditions that lead to a nuisance declaration, and gives an avenue for the involvement of city agencies like the Building Dept., the Board of Health and the Fire Dept.

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