****APPROVED**** cc: Town Clerk
RUTLAND ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS
November 13, 2014
TOWN HALL – 250 MAIN STREET
Present: Richard Surrette, Chair
Chris Senecal, Vice-Chair
Paul Kirrane, Associate Member
Robert Paulsen, Member
Peter Van Dyke, Associate Member
Lynn Miller, Secretary
Arthur Wells, Associate Member
Opening of meeting by the Chairman:
Richard Surrette opened the meeting at 6:30 pm.
Acceptance of Minutes: Richard Surrette motioned to approve of the minutes of July 23, 2014. Peter Van Dyke seconded. Motion made and seconded. Vote was unanimous.
Chris Senecal motioned to approve amended minutes of October 23, 2014. Richard Surrette seconded. Motion made and seconded. Vote was unanimous.
The Board of Appeals will be referred to as the “Board”.
Robert & Corrine Puliafico, 1 Edson Place, P.O. Box 3, Rutland, MA
is seeking a Variance to add a third apartment in the basement of an existing duplex
located at 11A & 11B Sunnyside Avenue.
Voting members: Richard Surrette, Chris Senecal, Paul Kirrane
Mr. & Mrs. Puliafico, petitioners
Thomas & Barbara Ruchala, 25 Maple Avenue
Ruth & Ken Lowe, 14 Edson Avenue
Will Cassanelli, Interim Building Inspector
The Board reviewed the memo from Will Cassanelli, dated 11/5/14. The Interim Building Inspector stated in the memo that he determined the property to be in the Residential District, R-40. They also reviewed the letter from Attorney Paul Cranston, dated 11/13/14. He stated that after reviewing the town bylaws it appears that the applicant
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has not met any of the required criteria under the statute or bylaw. Without meeting the necessary criteria, the Board would not have the authority to issue the variance.
Mr. Lowe disagreed with Attorney Cranston’s letter.
Mr. Ruchala spoke about the process of changing the zoning for that property.
Peter Van Dyke made a motion to vote that the Board does not have the authority to vote on this application. Chris Senecal seconded. Motion made and seconded. All in favor.
The petitioner withdrew her application. Written withdrawal was given to the Board and filed with the Town Clerk’s office.
Next scheduled meeting: April 23, 2015 @ 6:30 pm
New Business: none
Adjournment: Richard Surrette motioned to adjourn. Paul Kirrane seconded. Vote was unanimous. Meeting adjourned at 7:25 p.m.
Respectfully Submitted, Lynn Miller, Administrative Assistant