2017-08-18 / Community

Legal matters



Kennebunk attorney Bruce Read addressed Arundel selectmen at their Aug. 14 meeting about a 60-day consent agreement between the town and contractor William Stilphen. He asked that the board enter the penalty phase of the contract, which expired the previous day. Hired by Stilphen’s neighbors, who are concerned over code violations, Read said, “It seems like all [in town] but my clients think this is a nice man just trying to make a living, but there has been a repeating pattern of violations going back 12 to 13 years. The only way you are going to turn this guy’s head is with a stick.” Selectmen asked that Town Manager Keith Trefethen dispatch the code enforcement officer to the property, but otherwise voiced support for Trefethen’s stated policy to work with Stilphen to seek compliance, despite the clock having run out on the 60 days he initially had to gain planning board approval of conditional use Contractor Yard 2 permit. “We’re not in the business of putting people out of business,” Selectman Dan Dubois said. (Duke Harrington photo) Kennebunk attorney Bruce Read addressed Arundel selectmen at their Aug. 14 meeting about a 60-day consent agreement between the town and contractor William Stilphen. He asked that the board enter the penalty phase of the contract, which expired the previous day. Hired by Stilphen’s neighbors, who are concerned over code violations, Read said, “It seems like all [in town] but my clients think this is a nice man just trying to make a living, but there has been a repeating pattern of violations going back 12 to 13 years. The only way you are going to turn this guy’s head is with a stick.” Selectmen asked that Town Manager Keith Trefethen dispatch the code enforcement officer to the property, but otherwise voiced support for Trefethen’s stated policy to work with Stilphen to seek compliance, despite the clock having run out on the 60 days he initially had to gain planning board approval of conditional use Contractor Yard 2 permit. “We’re not in the business of putting people out of business,” Selectman Dan Dubois said. (Duke Harrington photo)

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