Since April, there have been 26 arrests made in connection with enforcing the city's laws for keeping up property.
Officials also point to the 252 junked cars that were towed away and to the cleanup of a number of troubled properties.
"We've had some great progress," said Police Officer Tom Lavigne, who is detailed to code enforcement work. Lavigne is a former city councilor.
Lavigne and Building Official Guy Morin like to go together to deal with property owners who have problems that need attention.
"We always take a friendly approach," Lavigne said, because the goal is voluntary compliance. The pair try to let people know about programs that might help them comply with the law.
"It's an educational effort as much as an enforcement effort," Mayor Art Ward said.
City Councilor Mike Rimcoski said he went out with the pair on some calls and found they were getting much success out of taking a helpful approach instead of a confrontational one.
City Councilor Kevin McCauley said that the team approach has made a difference.
Once the blight ordinance is revised, he said, the arsenal will be even stronger for officials to use in their bid to make the city safe and clean.
"It's time the slumlords in town learn the city means business," said city Councilor Ken Cockayne.
It appears, though, at least 26 of them got the message already.
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