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The Recorder – Charlemont boards look to curb Stagecoach Auto Repair violations

The Recorder – Charlemont boards look to curb Stagecoach Auto Repair violations

Posted: 2/3/2023 7:25:25 PM

CHARLEMONT — The Board of Well being, Preparing Board and Conservation Commission are drafting letters for the Selectboard about a variety of health and fitness protection, environmental and permit violations they say are occurring at Stagecoach Vehicle Repair on Route 8A.

In accordance to Selectboard member William Harker, the boards will post data pertaining to each individual of their places of knowledge relating to the house, just after which the Selectboard will publish one particular letter to city counsel looking for steering on how to commence.

“We are heading to bring boards up to par and see where by they are likely to go from there by making use of an lawyer,” Harker said.

The four boards came collectively very last 7 days to explore the difficulties they say are taking place at 180 Route 8A, also known as Heath Road. Stagecoach Automobile Mend operator Brian Dupree was not present at the conference. They will now get the job done independently to figure out the distinctive violations as they pertain to each board.

The boards are anxious about somewhere around 50 unregistered automobiles on Dupree’s residence that are shut to Mill Brook. Dupree defined in a cell phone interview that there are even additional unregistered motor vehicles on the property, but the boards are a lot less worried because all those cars are not close to the river. Dupree gained a cease-and-desist letter relating to the unregistered automobiles two years in the past, and he claimed he has been doing the job to clear away them.

Dupree said he eradicated approximately 70 automobiles with enable from a element-time employee above the summer season, but the procedure is sluggish and complicated in the wintertime. He noted he can not convey automobiles to the transfer station if they are covered in snow.

“There is a good deal of time concerned,” Dupree explained. “You get anything for scrap metal but it barely addresses the expense of getting rid of them.”

Dupree has run a company for 35 many years repairing and towing motor vehicles, and submitted an application for a Class III permit 10 yrs ago that would allow for for unregistered cars on the good deal. He was educated two yrs ago that the permit was not authorised and he refused to use once more because he experienced now paid all the service fees for the permit when it was rejected. Dupree took in excess of the Course II allow for the automotive repair service and towing small business from his father when he died about 30 yrs back.

Barbara Beall, a member of the Conservation Commission, stated she did not want to speak about the specifics of the scenario. Still, the commission’s position is to uphold the Wetlands Safety Act.

“I truly feel like there is a social deal for everybody who lives in these cities. What anyone does impacts their neighbors,” Beall claimed, including that she is concerned about this residence since the unregistered vehicles are polluting Mill Brook, which flows into the Deerfield River.

On assembly once again on Thursday, Board of Health and fitness customers stated they have been worried about a hoarding dilemma on the residence, which creates a prospective for vermin and probable challenges with well water contamination.

Dupree reported he does not have the dollars to clear away all the cars at at the time, and essential to hire a attorney to offer with the city exacerbating his problem.

“I don’t get paid out for the autos and I’m in issues with the town, so now it is a catch-22,” Dupree mentioned. “I cannot just thoroughly clean up what has been going on for 35 yrs.”

“He is in violation of all the boards,” Harker mentioned, noting that the boards hope to go rapidly and put together for subsequent techniques in the coming months.

Bella Levavi can be reached at [email protected] or 413-930-4579.