The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, August 13, 2004


A request for a special permit by Bonnie Jacobellis to board up to three horses at her barn at 164 Fiske Street was denied by the board of appeals. Jacobellis has a 4 1/2 acre property on which she already has a barn with two of her own horses. In 1985 Jacobellis received a special permit for one year for a similar operation. At renewal time the following year in 1986, abutters spoke against its continuation in terms of visual and auditory disturbances, flies and noise.

One of the same abutters, Ruth Toscano of 129 Fiske Street, spoke up again. She complained of the "callous attitude of the applicant, with her riders coming on my property without permission." Another abutter, Marcy Guttadauro, 158 Fiske Street, said that her home was directly in front of the property, and complained about abutting a business. Other abutters also were present, and expressed their displeasure at granting the special permit.

In deciding, Chair Terry Herndon said, "I tend to grant these special permits with heavy conditioningThey are granted throughout Carlisle, and we see if they work. A riding stable is consistent with small rural towns." Board member Hal Sauer commented, "The original reason for denying still holdsneighborly complaints 20 years ago, and now alsoThe property is not amenable to boarding of horses."

In light of the opposition, the board voted unanimously to deny the special permit.

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