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Body Denies Septic Permit to Campground Owner

May 9, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

In the midst of a long-standing dispute with the town over septic system violations, selectmen voted unanimously last week to deny a permit application to operate to the Tispaquin Family Campground, 68 Purchase St., in Middleboro, Mass.

Selectmen, who act as the Board of Health, followed the recommendation of Health Officer Jeanne Spalding, who said the units should be limited to 57 based on the capacity of the septic system and not the 113 units the campground is seeking, The Enterprise, Brockton, reported.

Barbara A. Holton, who owns the campground along with her husband, Ralph, has had a 28-year dispute with the town, first over zoning violations regarding the number of campgrounds, and since 2002, a dispute over the septic system not meeting the camp’s capacity.

Holton who made an impassioned plea to selectmen to grant the permit for 113 units said “this is a personal vendetta,” against the campground, noting that she has not had septic problems.

“This has gone on long enough,” Holton told selectmen saying that she could no longer afford the attorney’s fees to fight the town.

Holton said she has lost customers due to the publicity that she is operating without a license.

“I have my regular customers, thank God for them,” said Holton. Last year Holton presented selectmen with a petition signed by 300 residents in support of the campground.

Engineer George Collins, recently hired by the Holtons, asked selectmen if they would approve the permit for 113 sites based on the condition that they would develop a plan to improve the septic system and complete the upgrade by next year. In the interim the town could conduct monthly inspections,

If the sites are reduced from 113 to 57, then the Holtons would not have the money to do the upgrades, said Collins.

Selectmen Chairman Alfred P. Rullo Jr. told Collins that the Holtons are asking selectmen to violate the health department’s recommendations. He noted the courts also ruled last April in the town’s favor that the septic system was inadequate to meet the higher capacity required of the 113 sites.

Rullo also argued that since the campground “has operated several years without a permit,” he was concerned that the upgrades would not be done and “nothing would happen again.”

“We are not here to put the Holtons out of business,” said Rullo.

Read more: http://www.enterprisenews.com/news/x530469777/Middleboro-selectmen-deny-permit-for-Tispaquin-Family-Campground#ixzz1LrsoPioD

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