How long have we had to endure the continued decay and all encompassing blight that is the old Chung property? How much longer will we have to sit back and watch our town officials do absolutely nothing about it. When it was sold at auction in March of 2011, we were told that
clean up of the property would begin over the upcoming summer. Now, as a second
summer is about to come to a close we
have seen absolutely no progress in seeing this blight come to an end. Yes there were legal delays and the economy remains sluggish. However, the new owners have responsibilities both legal and moral to take proper care of their property. I chuckled when I saw their big move was to put up a sign promising that a new retail center would be coming soon. I laughed even harder when I saw the sign become quickly overgrown by brush within a few weeks. Recently, somebody mowed away the obscuring brush covering the sign but left the disgusting mess behind the fence untouched. Isn't this the very least a safety issue. The buildings on the property have been abandoned for at least a dozen years. There are broken windows and the plywood put in place to "secure" the area is falling down. What if a child or group of teen agers were to get on the property and get hurt. Well, the finger pointing would certainly begin then. Even sadder is the lack of response from our local government and town officials. I always wondered why they seemed so afraid to confront this issue when Mr. Chung held the property. Yet they display the same intrepidation with the new owners. It is truly sad and it is becoming the symbol of our town.