A "no" vote on ICC Property Maintenance Code
To the Editor:
It is almost beyond belief that the town of Rumford is trying to inflict the notorious ICC Property Maintenance Code on its residents by putting it on the ballot of the June 11 town election.
The ICC Code is known nationally as an attempt to cut back personal freedom and property rights in order to give local officials broad powers to tidy up their communities. It is a bad trade.
Most of the houses and apartments in Rumford were built before 1970. As a result, most have minor maintenance or repair issues that, under the ICC code, the town could cite to fine the owners up to $1,000 per day (not once, but over and over again each new day) or even to throw them in jail.
If the mesh size on your window screens doesn't meet a certain standard, you could be fined or thrown in jail. If you have peeling or chipped paint, you could be fined or thrown in jail. If you have the wrong kind of door locks, you could be fined or thrown in jail. Even if you are just a sloppy housekeeper, you could be fined or thrown in jail. If you're ordered to make repairs and don't do it (for instance if you can't afford to), the ICC code gives the Code Enforcement Officer the right to disconnect your utilities, or even to order your house demolished and to seize your personal property to pay for it.
It is an insult to the citizens and property owners of Rumford that town officials would even try to make such a monstrous code part of the town ordinances.
However else you vote, be sure to get to the polls June 11 and vote "no" on the ICC Property Maintenance Code.