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Marty’s plans continued again

  • The Mason Planning Board speaks to Nicole and Martin Ruggiero about the continuance of their application to hold outdoor music events at Marty’s Driving Range during its meeting on Monday.  Staff photo by Ashley Saari

  • The Mason Planning Board speaks to Nicole and Martin Ruggiero about the continuance of their application to hold outdoor music events at Marty’s Driving Range during its meeting on Monday.  Staff photo by Ashley Saari—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Tuesday, December 26, 2017 8:12AM

The public hearing of a site plan to expand Marty’s Driving Range to include outdoor entertainment was continued again this Wednesday, while the Planning Board attempts to notice new abutters.

The plan has been sitting on the Planning Board’s docket for months, while abutters to the property appealed decisions made by the town and the Zoning Board in court. While those decisions have been settled in the town’s favor, the Planning Board told Marty’s owners Martin and Nicole Ruggiero that in the months since they first noticed the hearing, two of the abutters have changed, and the town had made an attempt to notify them that had been returned to the town as undeliverable. 

The board explained to the Ruggieros on Wednesday that they would be trying again to notify those abutters, and rescheduled the hearing for its next meeting, which was moved up from its usual monthly date to Jan. 18, at the request of Nicole Ruggiero.

“There are physical things we need to do,” she told the board, asking that the board take up reconsideration of the matter again sooner than the end of January. 

Charlie Moser, a member of the Select Board and an attorney, commented that there was no statutory requirement that the town re-issue notice of a hearing if abutters changed during the process.

Planning Board Chair Scott MacGarvey said the bo ard hadn’t been aware of that when the decision to notice the new abutters had been made, and the board had decided to continue this course of action for safety and fairness’ sake. 

Martin Ruggiero expressed frustration with the process and the additional delay, saying it “has been a nightmare.” 

 

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.