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Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Dealing with overcrowding

FRAMINGHAM

Framingham town officials are considering whether more staff should be assigned to look out for overcrowding in homes. That is one option under study by a town committee created by the Board of Selectmen to study the issue, Joe Mikielian, director of inspectional services, told the board last night.

The study followed complaints by some town residents that groups of immigrants are cramming into houses that are too small for them.

The committee has been meeting weekly since May. Mikielian said its report should be ready by the end of next month. Selectman Dennis Giombetti requested the study, saying he had noticed an increase in yard debris and vehicles in yards, which could be a sign that homes in the town are overcrowded.

-- John Drake

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