Zoning needs enforcement!


To the Editor:

Myself, my neighbors and other residents concerned about our water and our environment, attended the Town Council Meeting Monday night.  Our intention was to discuss what was on the agenda (Mr. Eames letters of explanation) regarding Site Ready. 

I can count on one hand the times I have even been at a Town Council meeting, the last 2 being in the last month.  On both occasions, I left shaking my head.  Mr. Lambert’s behavior is inexcusable and deplorable and he should be ashamed of himself.

He attempted everything in his power to shoo us away at the October meeting and on Monday night, he was successful in doing just that.

For the life of me, I cannot imagine why he, or anyone in this town for that matter, would not be concerned with what has been allowed to occur since it involves much more than just our very precious drinking water. 

What possibly could have been said that caused Mr. Lambert  to lose control and explode at a tax-paying resident in the audience with “SHUT UP”!  words that most people teach their children to never say.  This is the President of our town council?

Since no one around me heard the comment, I inquired. It was regarding the fact that we had every right to be before the town council with our concerns; we were NOT there to complain about the expansion of Site Ready that is before the Planning Board.   We were there to complain about the current use.  By Mr. Eames own admissions, there is a lack of proper permits.  And, there is a lack of a letter of Compliance from the town.!

I guess Mr. Lambert did not want anyone to interfere with his strategy of diversion and confusion, so much so that even a newspaper reporter stated that he was confused.  He just continued to rant about jurisdiction.

Wonder why he did not want this exposed?

So, we left the meeting being told by Mr. Lambert that the town was attempting to get on the property since Site Ready is now not allowing them access.   This is a fact that we already knew because they have been attempting to get on the property since we brought this to their attention several weeks ago.  Mr. Eames was asked about the law stating that it is not as easy as it looks. It was interesting that he left out the most important part of the law that states “if the entry is necessary in the interest of public health, safety and welfare”.  Maybe he doesn’t think it is.

Maybe Mr. Lambert and Mr. Teitz should spend their energy and less of our money trying to get on a property where they are fully aware of what Mr. Eames has done.  Maybe they should drive by to see the compost pile that requires a special permit and does not have one,  or the Letter of Compliance from the town which is required by the State of Rhode Island. 

While they are scratching their heads trying to figure out how they are going to get on the property, maybe Mr. Eames could do his job and issue a Cease and Desist.  We have formally requested this and the enforcement of our zoning which protects everyone’s most basic rights!


Donna Banville

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Rug Doctor October 26, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Just another Democrat are you kidding!!! There are trash trucks dumping trash from the City of Fall River, there are other trucks with metals, and all kinds of soil being dumped. Who is on top of this to say that the soil is clean? Island Park got loads of dirty soil. The property is in the watershed and the town has no idea and cares less about all the types of things being dumped there. Like Mr. Arruda and Souza you just do not understand this at all. Mr. Eames has in his file compost permits from DEM (not the town) for this property as well as letters from the Site Ready lawyer that were not disclosed at this meeting. For Eames to say he know nothing about this site that has been operating for several years with the DEM permits in his file and the meetings he had with the company is just not the truth.
Joe Sousa. October 26, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Doc Moniz James is correct. Appeals of the Building Inspector, and Special use permits are Zoning Issues. Water quality issues are DEM's jurisdiction . The Council has some say in it but only if zoning is being changed. Read our Town Charter.
donna banville October 27, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Mr. Arruda Why do we go to the zoning board? Can they tell the code enforcer to enforce?
James Arruda November 01, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Since you want to see if the current use is operating under what the zoning is for as well as any special permits they have, then yes you have to go to the zoning board to check on those uses. As pointed out the planning board was for the site-expansion, the use is under the zoning official and zoning board. I hope this information helps in your cause. if elected, I can give support to the best of my duties.


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