Friday, April 10, 2009
ZBA renews three business permits
• 570 West Street. Kevin Stacey attended the April 6 meeting of the ZBA to request the renewal of a special permit for the continued operation of a landscaping business at 570 West Street. Hearing no objections from the abutters, Chair Edward Rolfe suggested that the one-year permit be extended to three years. The Board agreed with a vote of 3-0.
• 303 Brook Street. Scott Jenney requested the renewal of his special permit for continued operation of a landscaping business at 303 Brook Street. His existing permit limits hours of operation to between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. and Jenney asked that his summer hours be extended to 6:30 p.m. The Board agreed and decided to allow the later closing hours during daylight saving time. Abutter Ted Webb of East Riding Drive had no complaints, but expressed concern that the landscaping business would lower the value of his house. He also asked that the special permit be limited to one year. Chair Edward Rolfe respected Webb’s concern, “however our bylaw does not allow us to look at diminished property values.” Abutters Kidder and Stacey vouched that “Jenney has been a good neighbor” and the Board voted unanimously to extend Jenny’s hours and grant him a three-year special permit.
• Red Balloon Preschool. Sally Jackson of the Red Balloon asked the ZBA to renew their special permit for another five years. “We have changed our name to Red Balloon Preschool,” said Jackson. The Red Balloon has classrooms in the basement of the First Religious Society and is celebrating 38 years of operation. Open from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Red Balloon presently serves 25 families. The Board saw no problems and voted 3-0 to renew the permit.
• Vice-chair elected. ZBA member Kevin Smith was unable to attend the meeting and was quickly nominated and elected as vice-chair of the ZBA for a period in effect through July 31, 2009. ∆
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