WESTERNPORT - Pat McCarty, serving as the president of the local housing commission, gave an update to the council members at the recent Westernport city meeting.

By Jean Braithwaite
Tribune Correspondent
WESTERNPORT - Pat McCarty, serving as the president of the local housing commission, gave an update to the council members at the recent Westernport city meeting.
He said that he and other citizens had been involved for several years with the housing commission until around 2012, when, “We began to do less and less.”
McCarty said that about that time a code officer was hired to “take care of things we were doing.”
He said the main goal of the housing commission was to “get rid of dilapidated housing,” adding that previously 18 properties meeting that description were removed.
McCarty said that many homes in the community have been allowed to “fall into disrepair,” and he also said that the housing commission is not an agency for citizens to “call to report your neighbor,” and the condition of their house.
McCarty said the commission has “totally reviewed the by-laws, “and a main objective is to find funding so “the town can afford to take down the dilapidated housing.”
Saying that the three main objectives of the housing commission is to “find data, find houses, and find funds,” he added that the housing commission will be working closely with Shane LaRue, Westernport’s new code enforcement officer.
Possible future plans for the housing commission were given, and McCarty said that new structures could be built for retirees whose present homes are too large, naming “nice bungalows.”
He suggested an area on Cromer Street that would be good for a “nice cluster of homes.”