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June 25, 2013

Plaistow selectmen upset over lack of enforcement

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Town Manager Sean Fitzgerald said the company has expressed interest in buying the property,

“We have not turned away from the responsibilities that we have,” Fitzgerald said. “We have spent a lot of time addressing environmental issues in town. It wouldn’t be fair to cast aspersions on efforts to address town properties.”

But Fitzgerald said the prospect of the construction company buying the land affected the town’s response to the issue.

“Over the last few years, I have identified the improper use of the properties, and have always thought that at some point, we’ll address these since these are properties of interest and we have known the abutters have had interest in purchasing the property,” he said at last week’s meeting.

Last week, selectmen voted, 3-2, to send out a request for proposal with intentions of selling the land in question. The move wouldn’t obligate the town to sell the property. The land was assessed at $28,030 in 2012.

Curran and Selectmen’s Chairman Robert Gray both voted against the action.

Poliquin said he voted for the RFP because he wanted to see what interest the property would generate.

“I want to see what type of interest is generated,” he said. “It would show us who is interested and what type of project is involved.”

Poliquin said he is frustrated with what he believes has been a growing trend in town.

“I don’t want to sweep this under the rug anymore,” he said yesterday. “If (Dorman) notices something going on that’s not permitted, he should be dealing with that. “

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