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City of New Bedford collects $10,000 in problem property fines for 2018


The City of New Bedford collected approximately $10,000 in problem property fines in 2018. Per a letter sent to New Bedford City Council President Linda Morad, the money is available for fiscal year 2019 and will be used in a revolving fund for police to deal with problem properties.


New Bedford’s problem property ordinance was established in 2015. It takes 8 valid complaints within a 12 month period to be considered a problem property in New Bedford. After the valid complaints, a certified letter is mailed to a property.

The full ordinance can be read here:


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  1. I am a Old woman ,I am 70 years old and a tax payer ,I am a citizen and I am being harassed by the City of New Bedford Department ,I am being ignored by the Jon Mitchell our Mayer , People destroys my property and I make a complained to the city and the Mayer and they are doing nothing but to find fault with me , so they will not have to do there jobs to stop what is happening to me .They send some one to my property to see what is happening then they say they will help me and then I do not hear from them at all again .I have prove of what I am saying ,my neighbors destroys my property and I complain to the city and they come over and see what is happening and then they tell me that they will stop the neighbors from what they are doing and that this is a property violations by the neighbors . Again I do not hear from THE NEW BEDFOD CITY HALL ,Then city Hall they send people from the city to come over and tell me that I have done things wrong so they can give me a violation what I am doing then I prove that they are wrong and they look like fouls then they send me warnings letters that says if I do any of these things that they WROTE IN THE THAT they will fine me and all the things they said in the letters is what my neighbors are doing and violating and the city does nothing to stop them .Ever sense I have ask for help I am being harassed by the City of New Bedford .When we have a snow storm they tell the city plows to push the snow into my side walk and the say that I have to clean the side walk or they will fine me .I clean my side walk and the city makes it hard for me .I call this harassment from the city of New Bedford Mass. and they are violating my civil rights . Is there anyone out there that can help me to fix my problem ?
    Guilhermina Coleman.

    • Hi Guilhermina – sorry that you are going through so much trouble. Yes, there IS someone who can help you. Please contact your ward’s councilor. I have lost count of the times I have seen city council members go above and beyond to help out citizens, sometimes responding instantly and resolving the issue the same day.

      Please contact him or her:


      Let us know how you make out!

      • On January 25-2019 ,I took your advice and I call the New Bedford City Hall and I ask for the name of my Council ,Ward 3, They give me his name, Hugh Dunn telephone # 1-508-817-1808. I CALL HIM AND I GOT HIS ANSER MACHINE , I left a massage and ask him to call me back and I gave him my name address and telephone# and I am still waiting for him to call e back. THIS IS WHAT I GO TRUE . They JUST AGNOR ME
        Guilhermina Coleman

  2. Guilhermina Coleman
    I just got a call from my Council Hugh Dunn at 1:47 P M January 31 -2019 and I told him what is happen to me and he told me he is going to investigate on this matter and he will get back to me . Hope that he really does it. It would mean a lot to know that some one cares what is happing in my life. Thank you Joe Silva for trying to help me .
    Guilhermina Coleman

    • I am glad he called you back. Kudos to you for sticking to your guns and continuing to work for what you wanted/needed. Keep us updated on everything Guilhermina. You can message me at info@newbedfordguide.com.

    • justiceforall2019

      Hi Guilhermina Coleman, I’m so sorry what you have been going through with your neighbors and City Hall. I would like to know the outcome if you don’t mind? I have some issues that I would like City Hall to help resolve but I’ve never heard of them really solving some past issues.

      • I am still waiting for my council to get back to me , council of ward 3 ,Hugh Dun call me on January 31 -2019 at 1;47 PM and he has not call me to let me know what did or is going to do to resolve my problems . This is how they work ,They forget you .
        Guilhermina Coleman

  3. If the city of New Bedford did there jobs I would not have any problems with my new neighbors from destroying my land including the city Department them self’s. I am being ignore my our Mayor, some of our Police Offices and my council Hugh Dunn . SO TELL ME WHO DO I TALK TO THELP ME .
    Please TELL ME ….

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