By David Scribner
July 27, 2011
GREAT BARRINGTON – For the third time in the last seven months, Gary O’Brien’s landscaping and construction operation on Roger Road has been found to be in violation of the town’s residential zoning bylaws – and has been ordered to cease operations.
Roger Road Site - Photo: Ed May
This time, however, resolution of the dispute will be determined in open session by the Zoning Board of Appeals rather than in closed-door conferences with lawyers.
Following two early morning inspections on July 8 and July 11, Building Inspector Edwin May once again issued a cease-and-desist citation, noting that O’Brien had failed to bring his activities into compliance with a June 23 cease-and-desist citation.
“There was no attempt to abate the issues,” May said. “He is still operating as a contractor’s yard which is not allowed. There were at least 10 vehicles parked there.”
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Great Barrington Building Inspector Ed May – Photo © David Scribner
As I sat there in the Great Barrington Selectmen’s meeting, I was thinking about once again falling down a rabbit hole. But instead of something from “Alice in Wonderland,” I heard in my head that famous line from “Hamlet:” “Something is rotten in the State of Denmark.”
Pretty funny seeing as how I recently wrote a column about good government and the EPA. I haven’t attended a Selectmen’s meeting since the meetings about Downtown Redevelopment. But I became interested after reading about the Rogers Road dispute in the Berkshire Record.
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It wasn’t what I had expected to hear. It wasn’t what I wanted to know.
At a Memorial Day weekend picnic with friends from Great Barrington and beyond, Judith Kales said to me: “They started up again. This morning. Early. Sunday. Can you believe it?”
She was referring to the construction and excavation business situated next to her home on Blue Hill Road, an operation that has been under a cease and desist order from Great Barrington’s Building Inspector Ed May for nearly a year.
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