Faulty board paperwork clears way for Clark’s annual permit


PEPPERELL — George Clark, an applicant for a Manufactured Housing Community permit, appeared before the board this week to address a discrepancy on his annual permit application.

Clark, who is president of Clark’s Retirement Homes Park, had his application tabled at the last meeting as it identified 73 to 84 units rather than 73, which had appeared on his permit applications over the past several years.

“We had a series of applications with licenses okayed by the board at 73,” said acting Chairman Phillip Durno.

Clark explained that the Board of Appeals in 1980 had granted him permission to have 84 units on his property. Following an appeal of that decision, the Superior Court agreed with the BOA and affirmed its original decision in October 1981.

Durno could offer no explanation as to why several previous permits showed only 73 units. Board secretary Sandra Grogan provided a copy of the Superior Court decision to the board.

With Chairman Alfred Buckley absent, and board member John Marriner, a neighbor to Clark’s business, having excused himself from the discussion, a vote to approve the permit was deferred until the next meeting.

Rabies clinics

Veterinarian Dr. John Lindermuth agreed with board members that sharing rabies clinic duties among town veterinarians was a good idea.

“I made that request a number of times over a number of years and it was always pushed aside,” said Lindermuth.

“We should use both,” said Durno.

“I agree, too,” said Lindermuth who suggested that his Maple Street facility might be a more practical venue for the clinic.

Lindermuth agreed with the suggestion of the board that he attend the April 7 clinic at the Jersey Street Fire Station as an observer to see how the process is conducted.

Health and safety

Jessica Cathcart, a tenant at 222 South Road, advised the board that a series of health and safety violations in her apartment had yet to be resolved by the landlord.

The ongoing dispute between landlord and tenant came to a head at the Dec. 6 meeting of the board resulting in the board granting a 60-day extension to resolve the issues.

With that deadline of Feb. 6 passed, health agent Kalene Gendron inspected the apartment and noted that many of the violations remain.

“There are a substantial amount of no’s,” said Gendron. The list of unresolved issues included rotted flooring, defective doors and windows, and missing outlet covers.

“In that 60 days which ended yesterday, she did nothing. Not one thing. No notes, no calls,” said Cathcart.

“I have never, ever in this whole time stopped her from coming in and making attempts to fix anything,” she said.

The landlord is currently attempting to evict Cathcart, said Gendron, who recently appeared on behalf of the board at a court hearing in that case.

“We’ll take stronger action,” said Durno who asked that the landlord be ordered to appear before the board at its next meeting.

The landlord has “got to make this list go away,” added Marriner.

“The board could take her to court,” said Gendron.

Trailer, not a home

Valerie Eaton, of 38 Cranberry St., made a brief appearance before the board to confirm in writing the results of an inspection by the building inspector and Fire Department that a trailer on her property was not being used for housing as previously reported by a neighbor.