Casino workers moving into town will put pressure on the housing market.
The Norwich Department of Planning and Development has resorted to putting staff on overtime to investigate code violations. Building officials work roughly 60 hours a week. In FY 2006, the year the blight officer was hired, the number of code violations more than doubled to 1,170. Zoning complaints increased from 137 to 503 from 2002 to 2006. City officials attribute most of those increases to illegal rooming-house conversions.
One of the code violations is known as hotbedding.
Sharing of beds in shifts known as ‘hotbedding’ is a common practice among casino workers who earn low wages. One shift of workers returns to a home, only to be replaced by another. The term ‘hotbedding’ denotes that the bed, occupied on a constant basis, is always warm.
We know with the passing of Article 37 a number of years ago that Milford has experience with these issues and has done a very good job combating it with the zoning enforcement officer and other town officials. Welcoming a casino would be welcoming a compounding of these issues.