Kimball began holding non-agricultural events at his property last year under a pilot program with the state Department of Agricultural Resources. The department’s approval was required because the state purchased the development rights to the farm some years ago under a program aimed at preserving operational farms in Massachusetts.
“We wanted to give these events a chance,” Councilor Mary Ellen Daly O’Brien said. “But our worst nightmare came true. We’ll consider smaller events in the future, but no more large events.”
Council President John Michitson said he relied on the police chief’s letter in making his decision.
“We all tried to be fair and give it a shot,” Michitson said. “But we can’t ignore the police chief’s safety concerns. The event was a disaster and we’re not willing to take that risk again.”