EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA


June 5, 2014

Company blasts decision on events

Council vote 'cut me off at the knees,' events head says


Fowler also said it was unfair for the city to sit on her applications for more than two months and then reject them.

“I applied for these permits in March,” she said. “It’s not right to wait so long to make a decision and then deny them. But I want to stay in Haverhill and I want to stay at Kimball Farm.”

In a letter to the council, police Chief Alan DeNaro said the situation was so bad Saturday that he will not support future events at the farm.

“For these events to truly be successful, they must not only be beneficial to those obtaining a profit, but also provide minimal impact on neighboring residents and travelers in and around the area,” the chief said in his letter. “The problems caused by events of this magnitude far outweigh any benefits to Haverhill.”

Police Lt. Robert Pistone said emergency personal such as fire trucks or ambulances would not have been to able to reach the area had there been a medical emergency, fire, car accident or altercation. Pistone stressed that roads surrounding Kimball Farm weren’t designed to handle heavy traffic.

Fowler said once she realized the extent of the backup on Saturday, her company began letting vehicles onto the farm property without paying. That allowed them to get off the street as quickly as possible.

“We took a financial loss to expedite the situation,” another company official, Meredith Robinson, told the council Tuesday.

Robinson said the company was caught off guard Saturday when about 1,000 more vehicles than were expected began arriving for the Color Me Rad race. She said all participants began arriving around the same time. She said that was unusual for races at the farm, which usually have staggered start times so participants don’t all arrive at once.

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