Complaints filed by neighbors against farm
> LYNDEBOROUGH – Abandoned vehicles, an illegal camper, the remains of a former port-a-potty business and inadequate fences – neighbors of Larry Boisvert’s Feel Good Farm brought a laundry list of complaints to the Board of Selectmen on Jan. 20.
And not for the first time.
The half-dozen abutters to the property on Johnson’s Corner Road chose David Roemer as their spokesman, and selectmen said they would contact him when they have determined what course to follow in investigating the complaints, at least with an update in 30 days.
Roemer said they had three concerns: what appears to be a growing junkyard in a field between the house and the road, a camper in a field that appears to be occupied and the port-a-potty business, which was ordered closed in 2002.
Roemer presented two pictures of the property taken from the road the previous weekend and two aerial views taken from Google Maps. He noted that the aerial views show a blue tarp on the house, placed there after a fire a year ago, making them fairly recent.
"We believe there are town ordinances against this," Roemer said, referring to the abandoned cars and the camping.
Other residents commented on fences that do not corral the herd of horses, leaving them free to wander at will, frequently in the road. They cited it as a safety hazard, and as an accident waiting to happen. Although they questioned the health of the horses, selectmen said that was a separate issue.
"You’ve brought a lot before us," Selectman Chairman Fred Douglas said. "If we look into it thoroughly, and do this right, it will take some time."
Selectman Mark Schultz added, "We really need to digest all this, look at all the records, and then we will get back to you" within 30 days.
The town ordinances forbid camping, but there is a camper in the field, Roemer said.
Douglas said the board would review the complaint with the town administrator and the code enforcement officer.
A residence on Lager Lane was also mentioned as having several unregistered vehicles, and during the past weeks, a complaint was made against a property on Purgatory Falls Road. That one, selectmen said, is being addressed by the owner.
Boisvert has a permit to conduct a paintball course, but neighbors said it runs much later in the evening than allowed, and because the course boundaries are apparently not well marked, players stray onto neighboring land. The course permit was extended last year for five years by the Planning Board. The games begin and stop with the firing of a loud cannon.
Asked if these complaints should be addressed by the Planning Board, Roemer said they had gone there in the past and been sent to the selectmen as "the enforcing agency." Several said the required parking was never built.
Those previous complaints, abutters said, were not addressed by the selectmen and "swept under the rug" in spite of the police being called on numerous occasions.
Because of the legal issues involved, Douglas said all of the records would have to be looked at.
"It has to be done correctly" if it is to stand up, he said.
Boisvert has sued the town over previous actions, attempted to change the zoning in his favor and several times run unsuccessfully for selectman.