Agreement on zoning violations?
WILTON – A zoning dispute between the town and Shattuck Paving Company may be settled in an out-of-court agreement reached by the attorneys for both parties. However, on Monday, Dec. 22, the Board of Selectmen said the stipulations did not adequately address their concerns about wetlands reclamation and possible ground water contamination. They plan to discuss the matter further with their attorney, Silas Little.
The problem dates to early last spring when neighbors of the company at 834 Mason road complained of noise and the business being operated on a daily basis in a residential/agricultural zone without any permits.
Building Inspector John Shepardson issued a cease-and-desist order on June 20 which included the closing of two new driveways, the removal of trucks and paving equipment from the site, and reclamation of wetlands.
The matter was heard in Milford Court with the judge ordering the two sides to come to an agreement which she could approve.
Little and Thomas Quinn, representing Shattuck, reached a compromise in the form of a list of “stipulations.”
On Monday, the board discussed the proposal with Bart Hunter, Chairman of the Conservation Commission and two abutters to the property.
Those stipulations include the closing of two new driveways, and use of the property for storage of equipment and will require permits from the Zoning Board of Adjustment. A front-end loader, used both for the paving business and for the farm on Mason Road, may be removed during the winter for snow plowing and returned in the spring for agricultural uses.
A culvert on the rear of the property will receive an after-the-fact wetlands permit but the culvert can not be extended without town and state approvals.
A pile of loam at the rear of the property will be removed and the wetland restored by May 1, 2015.
Ronald Shattuck will pay the town $1,000 to cover his obligations under the cease and desist order.
Shepardson said the state environmental services, wetland bureau, had declined to get involved, saying it was a local matter. Selectmen questioned that opinion and will make more inquiries.
Selectmen hope to meet with their attorney at their meeting next week.
“We want to get this settled,” Selectman Kermit Williams said and to discuss their concerns further “makes sense.”