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Friday, November 6, 2009

ZBA renews Fiske Street stable permit

The Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) on Monday renewed Bonnie Jacobellis’ special permit to operate a stable/horse boarding business at 164 Fiske Street for two years. The special permit conditions remain the same: horse trailers may enter and leave the property between the hours of 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. throughout the year. Boarders who plan to use trailers outside of these hours must inform the Carlisle Building Commissioner John Luther, who monitors usage. During the school year, hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends.

Abutter Hans Hrasna of 143 Fiske Street wrote a letter to the ZBA prior to the hearing and also appeared at the hearing to express his frustrations with the noise and activity levels at the Jacobellis property, particularly when the horse trailers traveled to the Jacobellis property after stated business hours. “In the course of ten years, [our neighborhood] was very quiet. Then, after the permit, there was lots of noise and activity. [During] the second year with [business hours ending] at 5 o’clock, it was fine, but then [hours increased] until 7 p.m. and then there was more noise .... Part of me being here is to say that [the noise and activity] just keeps going.”

According to Jacobellis and Luther, horse trailers arrived and departed the Jacobellis stables two times in the past year several hours after the close of business because of an out-of-state horse show. Jacobellis had given Luther four days advance notice that the horse trailers would arrive at the property past business hours. ZBA Chairman Ed Rolfe said he did not believe that Jacobellis showed a “willful disrespect” of the special permit guidelines and other ZBA members concurred that Jacobellis had been operating her business according to all conditions set forth in the special permit.

To address Hrasna’s concerns, the ZBA and Luther recommended that Hrasna contact Luther directly with future complaints about the Jacobellis business, and Luther agreed to email Hrasna if he received information beforehand about any activity at the Jacobellis property that would be occurring outside of normal business hours. ∆

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