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City, Campground Owners in Stalemate

May 18, 2010 by   - () Leave a Comment

Selectmen have denied a campground license to Tispaquin Family Campground near Middleboro, Mass., saying its septic system would not support the proposed number of sites, according to The Enterprise, Brockton, Mass.

The vote Monday came as no surprise to campground owners Barbara A. and Ralph Holton, who have been battling with the town for years over the number of campsites.

On April 7, the Plymouth Superior Court sided with the town and ruled that the septic system was not large enough to handle the 113 sites the Holtons were seeking. The town told the Holtons it would approve a campground with 57 sites.

Selectmen last week continued the hearing after Barbara Holton argued, as she has in the past, that the town is targeting her and that the KOA off Route 44 has also been in violation. Selectmen asked Health Officer Jeanne Spalding to investigate the KOA.

Spalding reported Monday that the KOA was in compliance.

“We have been fighting the same issue for several years now and the court has ruled. It’s a simple decision for me. You are not in compliance,” said Selectman Alfred P. Rullo Jr.

Asked by selectman Chairman Marsha L. Brunelle if she would be willing to reduce her units to 57 or expand her septic system, Holton replied ‘no.’

“I am not going to amend it, I want 113,” said Holton.

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